EMA not aware of oil leaking into Gulf

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 08:00

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is not aware of claims made by a Cedros councillor, that wastewater from Heritage Petroleum Company is flowing into the Gulf of Paria.

Contacted for comment yesterday, communications officer at the EMA Kevon Gervais said EMA permits were issued to Petrotrin previously which were to be transferred to the new company.

“The EMA is not aware of any untreated effluent, separate and apart from permits previously issued to Petrotrin,” Gervais said.

Asked whether the EMA planned to investigate, Gervais said, “The EMA will investigate any issues once reported through the appropriate channels (e.g. our incident/ emergency hotline) and is based on credible information.”

Asked to provide a copy of the certification given to Petrotrin, Gervais said, “You can visit our information centre at EMA’s Head Office at #8 Elizabeth Street, St Clair, Port-of-Spain to review the national register under the Water Pollution Rules to view all permits issued to Petrotrin.”

Asked why there was so much pollution around the Trinmar Tank Farm area, Gervais said, “The EMA is not aware of such, can you be more specific?”

He noted that the EMA had issued several permits to Petrotrin tank farms.

“Those permits will have to be transferred to the new entities. Heritage company has written the EMA recently to initiate the transfer process.”

Contacted for comment, a spokesperson at Heritage Petroleum denied that the company was responsible for polluting the Gulf.

Saying there were attempts to sabotage the new company, the official, who was not authorised to speak publicly, said all systems and protocols utilised under Petrotrin were transferred and adopted by the new company when Petrotrin became defunct.