Thursday 29 October, 2020

Update: EMA says no evidence of diesel leak in Chaguaramas

Photo: Reports and photos were taken of what appeared to be a fuel leak at Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas on September 29, 2020. Photo: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS).

Photo: Reports and photos were taken of what appeared to be a fuel leak at Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas on September 29, 2020. Photo: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS).

Update October 5, 2020:

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it saw no evidence of a fuel leak in Chaguaramas after reports were made and photos shared by conservation NGO Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS).

In a statement dated October 2, the EMA said it has completed its investigation:

'The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has completed its investigation at the Coral Cove Marina, Chaguaramas, in response to a report earlier in the week of a diesel discharge.'

'For the last 48 hours (Thursday and Friday) there was no visible sheen on the surface of the water and the EMA’s investigating team extended monitoring activities to the facilities adjacent to the reported site in an effort to gather additional information on the operations in the immediate area. Again no visible oil or sheen was observed in this expanded search area.'

Conservation group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) shared photos to social media last week, showing what appeared to be a fuel leak at Chaguaramas marina.

The public is urged to contact the EMA’s Emergency Response Hotline at 680-9588 in the event of an environmental incident. For complaints, email complaints@ema.co.tt or visit www.ema.co.tt 

 

Original story: 

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) said it is conducting investigations following the report of a diesel discharge into the water at Coral Cove Marina, Chaguaramas.

In a statement today, the EMA said it's working alongside the national agencies with responsibility for the marine environment, namely the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries to address the report.

The EMA said investigations are continuing.

Conservation group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) shared photos to social media yesterday showing what appeared to be a fuel leak at Chaguaramas marina:

(Photo: The sheen of an oily substance was seen at the Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas. Photo: FFOS.)

'Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have received reports that Venezuelan fishing vessels have been releasing diesel while docked in our waters.'

'The most recent example of this has occurred at Coral Cove Marina in Chaguaramas where pictures taken by concerned citizens indicate that a mass amount of diesel flowing is from three Venezuelan ships docked in the marina.'

'It is unfortunate that a foreign vessel can disrespect our marine environment so blatantly and take advantage of the hospitality we have afforded them.'

'FFOS calls upon our Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and our Government to investigate these reports with haste. We remind the powers that be that oil is deadly. It bioaccumulates and biomagnifies in our fishery. Every drop of hydrocarbon will leave an everlasting effect on our marine environment and our fishery.'

The public is urged to contact the EMA’s Emergency Response Hotline at 680-9588 in the event of an environmental incident. For complaints, email complaints@ema.co.tt or visit www.ema.co.tt 

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