Sunday 24 September, 2017

Petrotrin completes oil-spill clean up of La Brea Beaches

April 23 Petrotrin Oil Spill reaches Venezuela.

April 23 Petrotrin Oil Spill reaches Venezuela.

Petrotrin said it has completed its cleanup operations along the shoreline in La Brea on Wednesday, August 2.

The statement follows reports of oil deposits which were seen at La Brea beaches on Monday.

According to the state owned company, the source of the spill remains unknown.

The statement added that investigations are continuing as the company will continue to monitor the beaches.

Meanwhile, activist group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is once again criticizing the oil refinery for its handling of this latest spill.

FFOS Corporate Secretary Gary Aboud noted that although the spill is much smaller than that which occurred on April 23rd, questions need to be answered as to the veracity of the spill and the mechanisms in place for clean-up.

“But how much was this spill?  Where did the oil come from? Up till now, Petrotrin is silent on the source, the volume of the oil deposits and its associated risks it poses on the nearby communities and fisheries. What is being used to clean up this oil spill? More COREXITdispersants?” he questioned.

 Aboud further reiterated that steps must be taken to hold accountable, those responsible for the spills.

“With the undocumented and unreported leakages, there are continuous leaks and spills occurring month by month, year after year. Shouldn’t there be environmental transparency and accountability instead of secrecy?”

The FFOS head also noted that disasters such as the eleven December  2013 oil spills and the April 23rd, 2017 Tank 70 rupture have a long lasting impact on the livelihoods of fisher folk, and health of the fisheries. He said these effects continue to be seen and felt even after 44 months of the 11 oil spills in 2013, as over 20 species of dead fish and dying shrimp continue to wash ashore daily in Point Sable Beach, La Brea.

He also raised concerns as to why the President of the La Brea Fisher Folk Association Alvin La Borde was downplaying the incident.

“He knows the danger and risks of Poly Cyclic Aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) cancer causing compounds which are found in high quantities in crude oil and it is his community and fisheries that are being affected the most by these oil spills. Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) reminds Mr La Borde that every drop of crude oil in the ocean has an ever lasting impact on the fishery.”