Oil spill report for Ag PM
By ANDRE BAGOO Monday, December 30 2013
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ACTING Prime Minister Errol Mc Leod...
ACTING Prime Minister Errol Mc Leod is today expected to receive a full report from Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine on continued investigations relating to this month’s reports of oil spills at southwest Trinidad.
Last week, Ramnarine disclosed one spill had been referred to the police amid suspicion of sabotage. Mc Leod said he will today receive an update from the Minister of Energy.
“It is still being investigated but I expect a full report,” Mc Leod told Newsday yesterday. The Minister is expected to brief the Cabinet’s Finance and General Purposes (F&GP) sub-committee today, in addition to reporting to Mc Leod. Mc Leod is expected to chair the weekly Cabinet meeting which was up to yesterday scheduled to go ahead as planned on Thursday.
Petrotrin yesterday published an update on the situation stating that after testing, the source of oil in relation to one spill in particular was unclear.
“To date, preliminary laboratory tests conducted on samples of oil taken from the spill area suggest that this spill did not originate from Riser Platform 17 in the Point Fortin Marine Operations or from the Trinity-operated Brighton Marine Field,” Petrotrin said. “The company has sent samples, including those from La Brea and Point-a-Pierre, to the USA for full identification and fingerprinting.”
There have been spills and reports of oil found at Pointe-a-Pierre; Point Fortin; La Brea; Rancho Quemado; Moruga; and the Brighton Marine Field. In total, nine separate leakages have occurred between December 17 to Boxing Day, according to a chronology published by Petrotrin yesterday.
In addition to the leaks at the No. 10 Sea Line at the Petrotrin Pointe-a-Pierre Port; a gasket on the 16” line on Riser Platform 5; Coffee Beach/Carrat Shed Beach; Platform 17 at Marine Operations East Field and Rancho Quemado, there have been leaks reported at the Brighton Marine Field, off Nariva.
At the Brighton Marine Field, Petrotrin said on Christmas Eve there was oil reported leaking from Well Antilles Brighton Marine (ABM) 151 in the Brighton Marine Field, operated by Joint Venture Operators, Trinity Exploration and Production. Also, on the same day, a report was received that oil was leaking from a leaking conductor on well ABM 67 on Brighton Marine Platform 3.
The oil enterprise also said on Christmas Day, residents of Hudlin Trace, Moruga, reported oil flowing down the Marac River, apparently emanating from the Moruga West Joint Venture operated by Neal and Massy Energy Resources Limited.
On Boxing Day, at the Port and Marine Facilities, Pointe-a-Pierre, it was observed that the No. 15 Sea Line, during the pumping of fuel oil to a tanker, became detached.
The company said the bulk of the coastline leading to Icacos Point has been successfully treated and the level of threat reduced from Level III to Level I.
Mc Leod is acting prime minister in the absence of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who flew out of the country on a commercial jet on Friday to be at the bedside of her gravely ill sister Sally. The Office of the Prime Minister made the announcement last week, but has not given a return date for the Prime Minister. A spokesperson yesterday said there was no update on the situation and no indication yet when the Prime Minister will return.