The oil spill in Tobago is now affecting the staging of one carnival event on the sister isle.
Scarborough’s Junior Parade of the Bands has been cancelled due to concerns over health and safety following a major oil spill along the West and East coasts of the island.
The announcement came after an emergency meeting involving officials from the Tobago Festivals Commission Limited (TFCL), the Tobago Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), the Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and Deputy Chief Secretary Faith BYisrael who is also the Secretary of Health, Wellness, and Social Protection.
The kiddies carnival was scheduled to take place on Saturday. According to a release, the decision to cancel the parade was made as a precautionary measure as clean up efforts led by TEMA is ongoing.
It said the extent of the spill and the disposition which have wash ashore have raised concerns about possible health risks that could affect the children and spectators.
However, the Junior Parade of the Bands scheduled for Sunday, in Roxborough will proceed as planned.
All the bands originally scheduled to perform in Scarborough will now be accommodated in Roxborough.