Initial Petrotrin investigations unable to identify source of oil in La Brea and other areas

Friday, August 5, 2016 - 00:15

Petrotrin says its investigations so far, which have included aerial surveillance, have not revealed the source of the oil sheens that have made their way onto the shores of La Brea, Mosquito Creek and other areas.

Petrotrin says it has conducted helicopter fly-bys as part of its investigations.

The company issued the following statement in that regard.

"Petrotrin received reports today (2016 August 04) of oil deposits at Mosquito Creek and beaches in La Brea, Vessigny, Clifton Hill/ Guapo, and Cedros.

Consistent with our response in relation to a similar report received yesterday involving oil at Fullerton Beach, Cedros, a team of officials responded immediately and observed oil sheens and patches of oil on the sand at these locations.

The Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI), the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the Office of Disaster Preparedness Management were notified and Company officials conducted two helicopter fly-overs of the south-western shoreline and the Gulf of Paria. No discernible sources of oil or leaks were observed.

The Company has established Incident Command Teams and we are conducting a thorough examination of our facilities, particularly offshore and our submarine infrastructure to determine if our installations are in any way connected to the oil sightings. All available resources have been mobilized to manage the situation.

We continue to work together with our regulatory agencies in the response."