Wednesday 26 September, 2018

Petrotrin board urged to resign

UNC Chairman David Lee is calling on the Board of Petrotrin to tender their resignations over the handling of recent incidents at the State-owned company’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

Lee, who is also the MP for Pointe-a-Pierre made the call as he questioned whether there was any disaster plan in place to ensure no threat is posed to the health of residents in and around surrounding areas.

He noted a recent "upset condition" which caused higher than normal gas flaring and led to intense heat as well as strong chemical scents for Marabella residents.

The incident was the second at the refinery in two weeks, which Lee said brought grave danger to residents following last week's spill of an estimated 20,000 gallons of fuel oil.

The MP said he was “greatly disturbed” over the latest reports as feedback from residents indicates that those affected by the “condition” are yet to receive any form of medical attention and any information on how residents should operate in the event of a future occurrence.

According to Lee, the "flaring up" is a serious matter which saw citizens being traumatised by the intense heat, with many now suffering with respiratory attacks due to the high scents of chemicals and gases.

“For too long the residents of Marabella and environs who live on the boundary of the refinery have been put at risk and therefore it is time that the Management of Petrotrin hold public consultation with the residents of the surrounding area on the procedure of their disaster plan.

As Member of Parliament for Pointe a Pierre I sincerely hope that Petrotrin has a Disaster plan for the Pointe a Pierre Constituency.”