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Tuesday 11 August, 2020

IMA carries out fingerprinting to find oil spill culprit

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) said it as taken samples of the oil spill at Chaguaramas in order to identify the source of the spill.

In a statement issued Monday, the IMA said it received a report of the spill from the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) on Sunday after the oily black substance was seen spreading rapidly near the Chaguaramas area. 

The IMA said a team accompanied the EMA to do a visual assessment of the impacted areas around midday on Sunday and samples were collected and sent to the IMA's lab for fingerprinting analysis. 

The IMA said on Monday, a team along with a representative from the Energy Ministry carried out a marine survey of the oil-impacted areas in Chaguaramas Bay. 

Oil samples were collected for fingerprinting and water samples to measure dissolved and dispersed hydrocarbons (DDPH) at oil-affected sites. 

The team said it has seen oil contamination at the following sites:

- Crews Inn

- Hart's Cut

- Gasparee Island (southern side) 

- Scotland Bay (eastern side)

- Alcoa (northern side)

'Thick black oil' was seen at the following areas:

- Crews Inn

- Point Gourde (western side)

- Hart's Cut

The IMA said little or no contamination was noted at Monos Island nor at Point Cumana. 

The IMA said that a point source for the spill was not identified at that trip however further samplin is being carried out at a rig located in the Gulf of Paria. 

The IMA is also warning citizens not to bathe in the waters near Chaguaramas until clean-up operations are complete. 


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