Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Petrotrin oil spill reaches Venezuela

While significant progress has been made with cleanup efforts following a leak at a storage tank at Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery two Sundays ago, some of the spilled oil has now entered Venezuelan waters.

In a statement from the State-owned oil company yesterday, it was noted that no new oil sightings outside of containment booms have been made, but a patch of hydrocarbon material that was close to the border has since entered into Venezuelan waters.

The Energy Ministry has since notified the relevant authorities and a request for assistance has been made in accordance with the bilateral oil spill agreement between the two countries.

Petrotrin’s Venezuelan counterpart, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), is expected to treat with the spilled material on the other side of the border.

Meanwhile, Petrotrin on Saturday established its own wildlife rehabilitation centre at Pointe-a-Pierre to ensure that birds affected by the spill could be readily assessed and treatment initiated.

Those needing additional care are being sent to one of the more specialised local facilities that that have been engaged, while a few pelicans have already received treatment and have been released.

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