MEDIA RELEASE Monday October 16, 2017

CLEAN-UP COMMENCES IN CHAGUARAMAS AREA
 
11:30AM Port of Spain:- The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) advises that the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) has procured two companies to commence the clean-up of the oily substance on the shoreline and waters in the Chaguaramas area. Company personnel have been on site from early this morning accompanied by MEEI officials. The EMA also advises that the Chaguaramas Development Authority (CDA) which has responsibility for the peninsula has also commenced clean-up activities of its impacted assets. The Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT), is also actively searching for adversely affected wildlife for rescue and rehabilitation.
 
The Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development, is providing support to the ongoing efforts of these State Agencies involved, as the EMA, IMA and CDA fall under the ambit of her Ministry. As a consequence, efforts to identify the source of the pollution and to ensure that conditions along the Chaguaramas Peninsula are normalized in the shortest possible time are proceeding apace.
 
The EMA acknowledges the tremendous support being received from the MEEI, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), Maritime Services Division (MSD) and the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG) as it continues to press ahead with its investigation to identify the source of the spill. Additonally, EMA personnel continue to be on site to monitor the other activities taking place.
 
The EMA expresses its gratitude to those concerned members of the public who have shared information on the incident and requests that the public continue to provide information that may assist with this investigation by contacting telephone number 680-9588 or email via complaints@ema.co.tt.
 
 
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