Following the reports of large quantities of dead fish appearing on the coastal beaches in the South Western Peninsula of Trinidad, Petrotrin set up a team to investigate the cause. Samples of fish from La Brea have been taken to UWI Veterinary School for testing and analysis. Further to these investigations, and in the interest of transparency, Petrotrin has contracted an independent certified laboratory, to conduct Water and Sediment Quality testing in La Brea Beaches.
The Study area included beaches in La Brea from Station Beach south along the coastline to Pt. Sable moving northward, up to the River Neg; and up to 2 km seawards from the shoreline of each location.
Results of the water and sediment quality study showed that all parameters tested to date were within acceptable limits for heavy metals, temperature, pH levels, salinity, Dissolved Oxygen and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH). Based on the environmental monitoring reports, there are no contaminants identified (including hydrocarbons) in the marine and nearshore environments of La Brea.
Petrotrin has also contracted the independent laboratory to conduct a fish bioassay (autopsy) at the La Brea Beaches. Fish samples have been sent to an International Laboratory in the USA, which is one of the leading experts in forensic fish analysis.
We understand the concerns of the community and continue to monitor and evaluate the situation.
For further information, please contact:
Head, Publications and Productions (Ag.)
Ms. Joy Antoine
Manager Corporate Communications
Ms. Gillian Friday
Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited 2014 March 28