As it continued to monitor the Oropouche River, near the Digity Mud volcano site, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) issued a stern warning that people who pollute the nation’s rivers can be fined up to $100,000.
The river turned red last weekend, according to the caretaker of the Digity Mud volcano site Rakesh Rampersad but by the time EMA investigators arrived, the contamination had disappeared.
The Planning Ministry will be asking the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) to pay attention to fete noise levels emanating from the Lara Stadium in Marabella since constituents of at least five surrounding PNM and UNC constituencies have complained of the noise.
Communication Minister Stuart Young has confirmed Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis will be asked to have the EMA attend to the situation on occasions when fetes are held at the Lara facilities.
A private land developer has bulldozed over 64 acres of forests at the Trestrail Estate in Granville, Cedros, displacing red howler monkeys and clogging the Appang River and its tributaries, whilst leaving the Granville Cemetery on the brink of collapse at the edge of a 100 feet man-made cliff.
The matter is now the subject of an investigation by the Ministry of Planning, the Environmental Management Authority and the Siparia Regional Corporation.
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has recorded over 700 environmental accidents within the past three years.
The revelation came from EMA’s managing director Hayden Romano during a meeting between the Public Accounts Committee and the EMA yesterday.
Granville fishermen are calling on the Environmental Management Authority to investigate the toxicity levels from the Gulf of Paria after they noticed fish caught in their fish pots were turning up dead.
With the red fish season already here, the fishermen say they were facing losses and were finding it increasingly difficult to survive.
Captain Wayne Pura said they can barely afford to buy fuel for their pirogues, so many of them were trying to capitalise on the red fish season which lasts until March.
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is not aware of claims made by a Cedros councillor, that wastewater from Heritage Petroleum Company is flowing into the Gulf of Paria.
Contacted for comment yesterday, communications officer at the EMA Kevon Gervais said EMA permits were issued to Petrotrin previously which were to be transferred to the new company.
“The EMA is not aware of any untreated effluent, separate and apart from permits previously issued to Petrotrin,” Gervais said.
The Heritage Petroleum Company Limited is investigating an act of sabotage on one of the company's lines in Grande Riviere.
According to the company, a 2.7-inch flow line was visibly severed resulting in the spillage of approximately five barrels of oil. The line has since been repaired and approximately 80 per cent of the spill has been collected and removed from the site.
Heritage Petroleum says there has been no damage to the environment.
Petrotrin has called in the police to investigate an oil leak in Fyzabad.
In a statement the company says on Thursday during routine checks in the field, a production operator noticed that five wellhead valves on an oil well located in Sewlal Trace, Fyzabad were removed and around one barrel of crude oil had leaked into the area.
Petrotrin officials immediately ensured that the valves were closed to prevent more oil from leaking and notified the police. The EMA, as well as the Ministry of Energy, were also notified.
The EMA plans to take action against alleged illegal quarrying activities in North- East Trinidad.
The following is a press release from the EMA:
'The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) recently conducted a surveillance of several areas in the north-eastern part of Trinidad reported as being destroyed by squatting and illegal quarrying activities.
Officers from the EMA’s Environmental Police Unit (EPU) conducted assessments of areas within the Melajo Forest Reserve and along the Toco Old Road.