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Petrotrin launches independent investigation into oil spill

by | Aug 4, 2014

NEWS GRAPHIC 10State owned company Petrotrin launches an independent investigation into factors leading to the recent leak on Tank MP6 at the Pointe-a-Pierre Refinery.

The enterprise says the incident resulted in some 5,000 barrels of slop oil escaping into the Guaracara River on July 29th.

In an official address to members of the media at Petrotrin’s Learning Centre, Pointe-a-Pierre on Saturday, Chairman Lindsay Gillette announced the appointment of an independent auditor to investigate and report on critical issues.

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Mr Gillette also confirmed that the Vice President, Refining and Marketing will be suspended.

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Petrotrin Chairman, Lindsay Gillette

Meanwhile, Petrotrin President, Khalid Hassanali, apologized to residents of the Marabella community and addressed some of the concerns raised and acknowledged that residents have experienced discomfort.

Mr Hassanali gave the assurance that Petrotrin will continue operations around the clock to remove the residual slop oil from the river and return the environment and the community to a state of normalcy.

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He also confirmed that the company is also exploring its legal options in the matter.

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