EMA finds no evidence linking oil sheen in Gulf of Paria to dead fish

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 20:00

A statement by the Environmental Management Authority today suggests that the oil sheen in the Gulf of Paria is not responsible for the dead fish seen last week.

The EMA says it conducted an aerial tour today and found no dead fish in the vicinity of the sheen and says there was no visible shoreline impact.

The following is the EMA's statement:

"Today the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) in conjunction with the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard conducted an aerial survey spanning the Otaheite to Vessigny area to examine the reported sheen in the vicinity of the BRIGHTON MARINE SUB AREA “B” BLOCK operated by Trinity Exploration and Production Limited (TEPL), in a joint venture with Petrotrin.

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The survey revealed that there is no visible shoreline impact along the coastline. No dead fish was present in the vicinity of the sheen.

The EMA reiterates that Well ABM 37 is in the process of being decommissioned and is being monitored by the Certificate of Environmental Clearance (4557/2015) issued in May 2016.

The EMA will continue its monitoring alongside the relevant state entities: the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard, the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), and the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI).

The public is encouraged to report any issues arising from this incident to the EMA at 680-9588 and 285-4362, or via email [email protected]."

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