Fishermen want $$ after Woodland oil spill


0
News

Stacy Moore

2 Hrs Ago

Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd crews return to docks in the Godineau River after working to clean up an oil spill along New Cut Channel Woodland on Thursday. The spill occured on Wednesday. – Marvin Hamilton

EVEN though clean-up work has started days after an oil leak in the New Cut Channel in Woodland, fishermen are calling for immediate compensation.

The oil spill began after a faulty Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd pipeline began leaking.

Fishermen said that they have lost days of income and continue to do so even as cleanup work continues.

Fisherman Deoraj Ramlal said, “This is our bread and butter and things have already been hard with covid19. Now we have been forced to miss days of work because of this oil spill.”

Ramlal said the oil spill was not the fault of the hundreds of fisherman affected and it is Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd who should take full responsibility.

“Why should we be made to suffer now? Christmas is next month. We have families to feed and gifts to buy. A proper assessment needs to be done and we need to be compensated for our losses.”

Another fisherman, Yasmin Mohammad, said the oil spill not only affected the plants and wildlife but the boats of some fishermen were also stained with the oil.

“They are lucky their engines were not damaged because an engine cost $100,000 and this is money we don’t have. We are struggling and now things have gotten worse with this oil spill.”

Mohammed agreed that fishermen should be compensated.

Heritage Petroleum Company Ltd crews at Godineau River, remove crocus bags filled with debris from a boat after working to clean up an oil spill along the New Cut Channel, Woodland on Thursday. The spill occurred on Wednesday – Marvin Hamilton

Heritage, in a release on Thursday afternoon, urged the public to avoid passing on the La Fortune Pluck Road to the river’s mouth at Mosquito Creek.

It said caution was necessary in order to carry out work efficiently as clean-up efforts of the oil spill at the Godineau River continued.

So far, Heritage said the clean-up and remediation of the watercourse and other affected areas, the deployment of additional booms to restrict any spread of the oil downstream, ongoing surveillance and assessment of the shoreline and surrounding areas, the search for, conservation, and rehabilitation of impacted wildlife, the deployment of additional vessels and other resources, including support of persons from nearby communities, to assist in the clean-up operations were being conducted.

“All the appropriate measures are being taken at the site and Heritage continues to work closely with all relevant authorities to ensure that all operations are conducted in a safe, efficient, and timely manner,” it said.

Oropouche West MP Dave Tancoo has called on the Heritage to conduct the necessary assessment of old pipelines in the southern region to prevent an oil catastrophe from taking place.

“The problem is that these are all old pipes. So today they will patch a leak and tomorrow would be somewhere else, but it will continue to leak because these pipes have not been maintained for quite a while.

“We can expect more of this damage on a consistent and continuous basis unless serious attention is paid. There is a lot of technology available today that can allow the assessment of these pipes without having to interfere with the pipes,” he said

Story appeared first at newsday.co.tt

Advertisements

Like it? Share with your friends!

0

What's Your Reaction?

Love It Love It
0
Love It
Hate It Hate It
0
Hate It
Wow Wow
0
Wow
Sad Sad
0
Sad
agree agree
0
agree
disagree disagree
0
disagree
confused confused
0
confused
lol lol
0
lol
omg omg
0
omg

0 Comments

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Choose A Format
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Video
Youtube and Vimeo Embeds
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Image
Photo or GIF
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes