Source of oil spill in Penal clamped, clean up operations ongoing

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Source of oil spill in Penal clamped, clean up operations ongoing

Minister of Agriculture Kazim Hosein has revealed that approximately 20 acres of marshlands were affected by the oil spill in Penal.

Katwaroo Trace and Ramdharry Trace on Clarke Road, Penal were affected by the oil spill, which was caused by a ruptured line during flooding last week.

Hosein revealed that several wildlife species, including brown-banded water snakes, red-sided water snakes, caimans, and river turtles, had been successfully rescued and rehabilitated. Wild ducks, capybaras, mongoose and herons, he said, were fortunate enough to avoid severe impacts and have since left the affected areas.

Minister Hosein commended all the teams involved in caring for the wildlife, stating, “The response and subsequent clean-up exercises of this oil spill have been incident-free, thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our game wardens and the cooperation extended by all involved parties.”

In a statement, the EMA said their Emergency Response and Investigations Unit, in coordination with the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, conducted a joint agency site visit yesterday.

The EMA confirmed the identification and clamping of the source of the spill. They said initial clean-up efforts faced challenges due to flooding, but EMA officers will continue to monitor the area to ensure no further environmental impact occurs.

The recent oil spill at Katwaroo Trace and Ramdharry Trace on Clarke Road, Penal, marks the third major spill this year caused by ruptures from Heritage Petroleum’s ageing pipelines. The first occurred in Guayaguayare in February, followed by a rupture at Massahood Junction, Fyzabad, in May.