Six companies to join THA in beach clean-up this weekend

Six major companies have joined forces with the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) to ‘Be the Solution, Beat Plastic Pollution’ for this year’s International Coastal Clean-Up in Tobago.

Students of the Civilian Conservation Corps, managers and staff of the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation; Royal Bank; B-Mobile; WASA; T&TEC; and DIQE will take to the shoreline this weekend to clean the island’s beaches.

Air quality testing begins in Crown Point

Environmental Officers have commenced an Air Quality Monitoring Project in Crown Point, Tobago.

Officials say that with the dramatic increase in vehicular traffic over the years, determining the concentrations of Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide is a key focus of the project. 

The data will be used to;

(i) identify and evaluate the risks of key sources of pollutants emitted;

(ii) observe long-term trends and model the dispersal of pollutants;

(iii) guide strategies and measures to aid in the reduction of emissions and associated risks; and

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.

National Council in Grenada meeting to assess damage by heavy rainfall

The national council in Grenada are currently in a meeting to determine the damage of yesterday's heavy rainfall.

Coordinator of the National Disaster Management agency says assessments are currently being done by district coordinators.

The airport recorded 6 inches of rainfall and the country's national stadium flooded.

The heavy rain was caused by an inter-tropical convergence zone that brought heavy rains and thundershowers across the island for more than 7 hours.

Outrage over slaughter of turtle in Balandra

"Brutal & Babaric!"

That's how Stacy Gatcliffe describes the discovery of the remains of a dead turtle in Balandra.

In a Facebook post, Gatcliffe says mother turtles coming up onto our beaches to lay their eggs, totally unaware that blood-thirsty humans are waiting to ambush them for a meal.

The post included several photos of a dead turtle, including some graphic ones showing the guts of the dead animal.

Ministry: Well-abandonment is underway

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries says that pre-abandonment works on Couva Marine 2, the leaking well in the Gulf of Paria, commenced on Sunday, July 15 following completion of an appropriate well control strategy, risk assessment and the fabrication of the necessary fittings and equipment to allow for safe operations.

Blown well continues to spew oil into Gulf of Paria

Senior well-control engineers from the United States and the Energy Ministry experts will make a decision by the end of the week, on how to safely stop high pressures of oil and gas from spewing out of a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Paria.

The emissions have continued to spout over the past 13 days, causing harm to the environment. 

In an interview yesterday, managing director of the Environmental Management Authority Hayden Romano said it was still uncertain how much gas and oil had spilled since the sea-bed well ruptured on July 4.

Massy Stores continues distribution of reusable bags

Massy Stores Chief Executive Officer Derek Winford continued the distribution of reusable bags to members of the public at the Gulf View and St. Augustine Stores on Friday and Monday respectively.

The reusable bags are part of Massy Stores’ thrust to “Get to Green” which limits the number of plastic in usage at its grocery chain across the region.

Floods swamp La Brea beaches with garbage

La Brea Fisherfolk Association president Alvin La Borde is requesting the urgent removal of mounds of garbage which have been washing up on the beaches following heavy rainfall over the past few days.

The garbage, now mixed with the decaying fish carcases, has created a health hazard, La Borde said, as he urged the authorities to act with haste.