FFOS heads to Privy Council as Appeal Court dismisses Cumuto highway appeal

The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal brought by the group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), on the construction of the highway from Cumuto to Sangre Grande.

FFOS appealed for leave for judicial review for the grant of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) for the construction of the 5000-metre highway along the southern boundary of The Aripo Savannas.

The group maintains that this is an environmentally sensitive area.

FFOS says it is disappointed by today's ruling but is determined to explore all legal means of recourse. 

EMA investigates oil spill in Carenage

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is investigating an oil spill at the Carenage Jetty, near the Carenage fishing facilities. 

The presence of an oily substance and contamination of the coastline on the shoreline and in the nearshore area by the Carenage Fishing Centre, that is, the fishing depot under construction just after Haig Street, were observed on Tuesday. 

The EMA says it also conducted a shoreline impact assessment at Williams Bay near the Chaguaramas boardwalk at 6:50 pm, however, there was no evidence of oil on the shoreline or in the water.

Gov't planning to close nation's landfills

The Government is planning to shut down all the landlfills in Trinidad and Tobago replace them with modern, scientific methods of waste capture and disposal.

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis made the announcement at a forum on approaches to sustainable integrated waste and chemicals management hosted by the Basel Convention Regional Centre (BCRC–Caribbean).

She said the plan will be centred on a nationwide waste recycling project, which has already been initiated by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) from January 2018. 

Long-period swells to continue another 24-30 hours

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says that long-period swells continue to affect northern coastlines of Tobago and to a lesser extent Trinidad.

However, it says slow improvement along affected coasts is expected over the next 24 to 30 hours as the effects of these swells are forecast to gradually diminish.

The general sea state is currently moderate.

The effects of these swells are in the form of large breaking waves along nearshore areas and are more evident at high tide.

Petrotrin investigates another oil spill

Petrotrin says its Operations, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Security personnel are currently engaged in recovery and cleanup efforts at the site of an oil spill in the Catshill Field.

A statement by the company says that following receipt of reports of the incident on Monday, the company activated its Oil Spill Response System and Incident Command Team and has provided the necessary
resources to effectively manage this incident.

Long-period swells to continue for 72 hours

The Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) says it has received reports indicating that long-period swells continue to affect northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago but to a lesser degree.

These swells are forecast to continue affecting particularly northern coastlines for at least the next 72 hours.

It says the general sea state is currently moderate.

The effects of these swells are in the form of large breaking waves along nearshore areas and will be more evident at high tide.

High winds rip off roofs in Caparo

While hundreds of residents braved extensive floods in East, Central and North Trinidad yesterday, three families from Todd’s Road, Caparo, were left seeking shelter after unusually gusty winds blew off their roofs.

Last night, Juliet Joseph, Maria Gomez and Shena Marie De Leon were desperately trying to find safe and dry lodgings for their families.

De Leon said around 4 pm she was inside her house when she heard a loud crash.

Lady Young Road closed until tomorrow

The Lady Young Road will remain closed today to facilitate the clearance of debris by the Ministry of Works and Transport in order to be reopened to the public tomorrow. This was announced by Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan yesterday.

Motorists were able to drive from the Morvant Junction up the Lady Young where they had to make a detour down Maryland Hill. The Lookout was used as a staging area for the heavy earth moving equipment and trucks to remove the falling debris and rubble.