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More protest outside the Parliament

by | Aug 11, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 10Here’s hoping protest space in front the Parliament has room for one more.

There are plans to have noisy protest in front of the Parliament today from stakeholders in the fishing industry to highlight the fact that the oil spills in the Gulf of Paria are wreaking havoc on their health and livelihood.

Bhadose Sooknanan, Vice President of the Claxton Bay Fisherfolk Association gave the warning on Saturday at an emergency meeting called to discuss the impact of the oil spills on fisherfolk and the industry.

Two weeks ago the latest oil spill seeped into the Guaracara River near Petrotrin’s Pointe- a-Pierre oil refinery.

And much like the effects of the December oil spill last year, the health and livelihood of the residents have been brought into question.

Sooknanan stated that many fishing boats, stopped working since they were unable to catch any fish because of the spill.

Over 200 fishermen are registered with the Claxton Bay Fisherfolk Association.

Petrotrin meanwhile said clean-up work was continuing in Marabella while community outreach and medical activities continue.

The company, in a release yesterday, said it had distributed cleaning agents and information leaflets to impacted residents in the Marabella community following the recent slop oil leak at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery.

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