Woodland fishermen are calling for compensation in light of the oil leak in the New Cut Channel, which is the result of a faulty Heritage Petroleum Company Limited pipeline.
Days of income have been lost since the spill was spotted and more income will be lost as cleanup work continues.
In an interview with Newsday, one fisherman, identified as Deoraj Ramlal asked, “Why should we be made to suffer now? Christmas is next month. We have families to feed and gifts to buy. A proper assessment needs to be done and we need to be compensated for our losses.”
Heritage, in a release on Thursday afternoon, urged the public to avoid passing on the La Fortune Pluck Road to the river’s mouth at Mosquito Creek.
It said “All the appropriate measures are being taken at the site and Heritage continues to work closely with all relevant authorities to ensure that all operations are conducted in a safe, efficient, and timely manner.”