Clean-up operations continue after Petrotrin pipeline leaks in Point Fortin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 15:45

Petrotrin says clean-up operations are continuing this evening at Techier Village, Point Fortin, following an oil leak in the area.

Petrotrin issued a statement saying its officials, responding to reports of a strong hydrocarbon odour in the community, identified a leak on an 8-inch pipeline which flows between two of Petrotrin’s tank farms earlier today.

It says the line has been isolated and company officials have since been working around the clock to clean up and remediate the affected area.

Thirteen residents were sent for medical assessments at Petrotrin’s medical center in Point Fortin and have since been discharged.

Petrotrin says booms have been deployed to contain the effluent.

Additionally, to ensure there is no migration outside of the affected area, contractors have been engaged to remove any soiled vegetation along the watercourse.

Checks at the Guapo beach have revealed no evidence of contamination in that area.

Petrotrin says company officials continue to meet with the residents to identify and address their concerns.

Residents are being advised that it is safe to cook their meals.

Petrotrin says while discussions continue, arrangements remain in place for persons affected by the odours to obtain treatment at the company’s medical centre in Point Fortin.