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Bunker C oil in spill—IMA

Sunday, December 29, 2013

A preliminary report from the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) on the massive Gulf of Paria oil spill shows that it did not originate from an oil well or a crude oil pipeline. The report was compiled based on fingerprinting analysis of samples collected on the coastlines of La Brea and Pointe-a-Pierre. It was submitted to Energy Minister Kevin Ramnarine on Friday. In a statement, the ministry said the report was currently under review, and the ministry is now awaiting the findings of the IMA’s final report. 



“Evidence emerging indicates that the oil sample retrieved from the spill, which came ashore at La Brea, is a Bunker C type oil. This is a product of the crude oil refining process. This suggests that the source of the La Brea spill is unlikely to have been discharged from an oil well or a crude oil pipeline.”


Since the first spill, the National Oil Spill Contingency Incident Command Team (NOSCP ICT) has been investigating the possible sources of all reported oil spills. The team is expected to receive results early next week on trajectory modelling work currently being conducted by Environmental Sciences Ltd. “A more definitive position on the origin of the oil spills should be available on receipt and analysis of this additional information,” the ministry added.  


Foreign experts from the Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL) have been providing technical support and advice with regard to the clean-up efforts on a daily basis. However, up to late yesterday, clean-up operations at Pointe Sabe beach was five per cent complete, while mop-up operations at Carat Shed, Coffee, Station and Bay beaches were 80 per cent complete. Clean-up at Granville, Cedros and Unity beaches were 95 per cent complete, while Vessigny, Bonasse and Fullerton were not affected by the spill.


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