Gulf of Paria

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.

FFOS wants "state of emergency" on Gulf of Paria fisheries

The group, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is calling for a "state of emergency" on fishing in the Gulf of Paria.

The group says claims that fish are safe to eat cannot be true when fish are turning up dead on a regular basis.

The following is a statement by FFOS:

"If the Government says the fish from the Gulf of Paria are safe to eat then why is there continuous death of marine species from Mosquito Creek to Point Fortin?

EMA sticks to its position that fish were dumped for no market value

The Environmental Management Authority is once again attempting to clarify the findings of tests conducted on dead fish found in the Gulf of Paria, saying, again, that the fish were mostly likely dumped be trawlers because they have no market value.

The EMA says there are justifiable reasons why Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons was detected in some types of fish but maintains that there was no evidence of COREXIT in fish or the water they tested.

The following is the EMA's statement"