PowerGen takes blame for oil spill in Trinidad

Originally published by Trinidad Express.

By Renuka Singh

A two-day oil leak from PowerGen’s bunkered fuel tanker has spilled out into Invaders Bay and left an almost two-mile long oil slick, affecting boats at the harbour in Port of Spain.

The spill was observed in a drain running parallel to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) opposite PowerGen on Wrightson Road.

Environmental Management Authority managing director Dr Joth Singh said approximately 200 barrels, which is equivalent to 4,000 gallons of “heavy oil” spilled into the sea.

“It was a fair amount of oil,” he said.

“PowerGen has taken responsibility for the spill and has already, with the help of the EMA and the Ministry of Energy, begun clean-up efforts,” he said in a telephone interview yesterday.

He said the EMA learned that a gas shortage at PowerGen triggered the use of oil-run generators and the spill began when the company attempted to transfer the oil.

“It is a heavy fuel but because of where it happened, there was minimal impact on the ecosystems, but some boats would have been affected by the oil,” he said….

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