Fishermen in Woodland are calling on the authorities to place absorbent booms in the New Cut Channel as a spill from a leaking oil line is heading towards the Gulf of Paria.
The fishermen said they noticed the spill four days ago and they warned that it will worsen with the change of tides. They believe the oil is leaking from one of three pipelines passing through the river.
When Guardian Media visited, the news team was taken to a location downstream from the Sudama Teerath where gas bubbled. Further downstream, dead caiman and crabs and oysters covered in oil were seen.
The fishermen said the spill is severely affecting them as they usually catch certain species of fish in the river. They said the oil causes their boat engines to overheat and stains their boats.
They plan to meet with Oropouche West MP Davendranath Tancoo to discuss the issue later today.