EMA monitors red river report

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.

Ministry to ask EMA to control noise at Brian Lara Stadium

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.

Residents query Cedros land development Aquifer, wildlife under threat

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.

EMA: 377 oil spills in four years

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.

Fishermen want EMA to probe dead fish catch

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.

EMA not aware of oil leaking into Gulf

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.

Heritage Petroleum: Flow line severed, 5 barrels spilled, area cleaned

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 refers oil leak to TTPS

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.


EMA to take action against illegal quarrying and squatting

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.