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Petrotrin clean-up continues this weekend

Saturday, August 9 2014

Clean-up operations are expected to continue over the weekend along the Guaracara River by state-owned oil company, Petrotrin, following the spillage of approximately 5,000 barrels of slop oil, on July 29 last.

The company is also expected to begin the distribution of cleaning products to residents, inclusive of soaps, detergents and disinfectants, to assist in the cleaning of their homes which may have sustained damage, due to the oil spill.

The products, which forms part of an overall hamper of other products, was one of the measures agreed to by Petrotrin and the five person community team, which met with a Petrotrin team on Thursday morning.

The meeting, which was held at Petrotrin’s Learning Resource Centre, Pointe-a-Pierre, was as a result of a suggestion by Pointe-a-Pierre MP, Errol McLeod, who visited Silk Cotton Road, Battoo Avenue, Marabella on Wednesday, after a ruptured low pressure slop oil tank spilled approximately 5,000 barrels of slop oil into the Guaracara River.

In an telephone interview yesterday, Marabella representative, Alister Cephas, once again noted that the company was adhering to promises made to assist the residents, saying the hamper distribution would begin today.

Meanwhile, State-owned oil company, Petrotrin, in a statement noted, that its “clean-up and recovery operations continue, we reiterate our commitment to securing the health and well-being of the impacted community, and all personnel.”

Regarding reports the further suspensions of four gauge-workers following the oil spill, corporate communications manager, Gillian Friday, said she was unable to confirm the suspensions, and promised to investigate the reports.

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