August 19, 2019

All Oil Spills

Another Chaguaramas Oil Spill
Another Chaguaramas Oil Spill

This video was recorded at 7 am this morning (6th May 2020). The oil appears to have been released during the night. As you can see in the video, it stretches for miles westward. It appears that …

Mr. Khan, Oil Spill is not False
Mr. Khan, Oil Spill is not False

While our sea and fish continue to be contaminated by cancer causing poly cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, the Ministry and Government have a “duty of care” to ensure enforcement of the law “without fe…

Once is an accident, but daily is negligence
Once is an accident, but daily is negligence

Date: May 6th , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, There is yet another Oil spill in our Gulf of Paria food basket-. How many oil spills must we suffer before a single culprit is brought to justice?…

FFOS calls for a hydrocarbon state of emergency
FFOS calls for a hydrocarbon state of emergency

Until all oil and gas facilities are safe and regulated, FFOS call on our Government to declare “a hydrocarbon state of emergency

More innocents kidnapped in Venezuela
More innocents kidnapped in Venezuela

Date: January 30th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Presently, five Trinidad and Tobago citizens have been kidnapped from our maritime waters and are being held for a USD 200,000.00 ransom. In 2…

2013 La Brea Oil Spill Laboratory Reports and External Reports
2013 La Brea Oil Spill Laboratory Reports and External Reports

(December 2013) Petrotrin-Environmental-Data-on-December-2013-Oil-SpillDownload (December 2013) IMA-Environmental-Incident-Report-December-2013Download (June 2015) Report-of-Environmnetal-Assess…

Summary Report: Dec 17th 2013 Oil Spill, La Brea, Trinidad (see downloadable PDF for media and laboratory report links)
Summary Report: Dec 17th 2013 Oil Spill, La Brea, Trinidad (see downloadable PDF for media and laboratory report links)

On 17th December 2013, 7,554 barrels of Bunker C fuel oil spilled into the Gulf of Paria. It was speculated that the oil spill was a direct result of poorly maintained sea lines owned by the state o…

Are we prepared for disaster?
Are we prepared for disaster?

While our Nation is led down the greasy oil, gas and chemical industry road, are our institutions, or our legislature mindful of possible disasters, and are we ready?

Another unreported oil spill at Petrotrin
Another unreported oil spill at Petrotrin

Dear Editor/ Newsroom, Since 19th July 2018, there has been an oil spill at Petrotrin’s Point-a-Pierre Oil Refinery nearby the foreshore area. It is believed Tank 114 has erupted spilling oil, w…

Waste oil being dumped in Longdenville
Waste oil being dumped in Longdenville

Date: October 14th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Today (Saturday 13th October 2018) FFOS responded to calls from the local residents of Caparo Road, Longdenville. For the past 2 months, the …

WERE SAFETY PROCEDURES FOLLOWED?
WERE SAFETY PROCEDURES FOLLOWED?

Unless there is transparency there can be no sustainable development.

Fish kill or Fish dump? You decide.
Fish kill or Fish dump? You decide.

Date: July 21st , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, According to the IMA in an article published on 6th July 2017 “Fish gulping for air at the surface, would indicate a contaminant was present in …

Web of lies – Gulf of Paria Blowout
Web of lies – Gulf of Paria Blowout

How many other decommissioned, abandoned and/or orphaned wells exist and can the Minister locate these “Well Files” in the event of other inevitable ruptures?

Gulf of Paria Blowout! Marine Warning- Danger!
Gulf of Paria Blowout! Marine Warning- Danger!

Date: July 7th , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen of the area and mariners in general, are urgently warned that the volatile and highly flammable site of the erupting platform known as th…

La Brea: Fish kill or fish dump?
La Brea: Fish kill or fish dump?

Date: June 30th , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, For the past 52 months since the 2013 Petrotrin oil spills, sudden, major and ongoing fish kills have been re-occurring daily in the “clearly de…

Public health threat…statements must be supported by science, not speculation
Public health threat…statements must be supported by science, not speculation

Date: June 18th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS take strong objection to unsubstantiated and speculative statements. At the beginning of every rainy season since the December 17th 2013 P…

Government must act lawfully
Government must act lawfully

Unless our Authorities act with haste a serious public endangerment will continue. FFOS will continue on its sometimes lonely pilgrimage to protect the voiceless.

Waterfront Covered in Oil
Waterfront Covered in Oil

When the Government turns a blind eye and allows even the smallest of Laws to be broken every Law in every corner of the country is weakened.

No Accountability in Oil Spill Disasters
No Accountability in Oil Spill Disasters

Date: March 3rd, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On Friday 2nd March 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) reported “a 10-barrel oil spill” identifying the source as a 6-in…

The Lagoon of Doom- Death on Carat Shed Beach, La Brea
The Lagoon of Doom- Death on Carat Shed Beach, La Brea

Who is protecting the vulnerable human and nonhuman communities exposed to the toxic and fatal COREXIT 9500? Who is speaking for the marine animals who reside in this area and continue to die day aft…

Another Petrotrin oil spill, this time in Santa Flora
Another Petrotrin oil spill, this time in Santa Flora

Petrotrin continues to frequently wreak havoc with its dilapidated infrastructure.

Accidents must not be Inevitable
Accidents must not be Inevitable

Unless each one of us seize the privilege to take responsibility and to protect our vulnerable and those without a voice, the trend of institutional decay and corporate irresponsibility will continue …

Why is the fingerprinting secret?
Why is the fingerprinting secret?

Unless there is social justice for our people by the firm enforcement of Law, the foundation of our democracy will continue to crumble.

Who is the Government Protecting?
Who is the Government Protecting?

Why are the public and primary stakeholders being kept in the dark? Is the Government protecting someone?

Public warning to all fishermen and mariners of the Gulf of Paria
Public warning to all fishermen and mariners of the Gulf of Paria

Date: October 16th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) hereby warn all seafarers and fisher-folk from the Cocorite, Charlieville, Felicity, Brick Field, Orange V…

Dr Rowley’s compensation nightmare has happened! Another oil spill in the Gulf
Dr Rowley’s compensation nightmare has happened! Another oil spill in the Gulf

If FFOS did not report this disaster, would it have gone unnoticed?

Another “unreported”, “insignificant” Petrotrin Oil Spill?
Another “unreported”, “insignificant” Petrotrin Oil Spill?

Shouldn’t there be environmental transparency and accountability instead of secrecy?

Disturbing silence from PM on Regional disaster
Disturbing silence from PM on Regional disaster

When Ministers deliberately lie in Parliament and the Prime Minister by his silence gives consent, the respect for all Cabinet utterances, and the reputation of our beleaguered nation is brought into …

FFOS responds to IMA: Bait Dump vs. Fish Kill in Chaguaramas
FFOS responds to IMA: Bait Dump vs. Fish Kill in Chaguaramas

FFOS continue to appeal to the Government and our environmental institutions to share this eminent scientific analysis, or to conduct scientific analysis (if none has been done) instead of blurting ou…

La Brea Community Sentenced to Death
La Brea Community Sentenced to Death

Unless our Government treats this health disaster with a matter of extreme urgency, they will continue to endorse the endangerment of public life and public health. This is no matter to play politics …

World Environmental Day must be more than lip service….
World Environmental Day must be more than lip service….

Date: June 3rd , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, World Environment Day must be more than lip service… Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) are proud that the United Nations has designated…

Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)
Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)

Date: June 13th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Oil clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s east coasts. Clean up efforts have begun on the oil clumps/tar polluted coastal areas Sorobon a…

Clumps of oil have reached Bonaire….as predicted
Clumps of oil have reached Bonaire….as predicted

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago have not acted responsibly in informing and issuing regional and public warnings to our neighbouring countries who were in the pathway of the oil clumps floating…

The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills (See downloadable file for Videos and Images)
The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills (See downloadable file for Videos and Images)

Date: May 31st , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills. The rains have started and as Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have accurately pred…

Warnings must be issued
Warnings must be issued

Date: June 13th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Warnings must be Issued!!! Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) call on the Right Honourable Prime Minister to intervene and ensure Ministe…

Cleaning Oil Drenched Pelicans are a Waste of Time
Cleaning Oil Drenched Pelicans are a Waste of Time

However rehabilitation does not end, just by recuing the birds and releasing them back in the wild. What’s the point in rehabilitating these birds if their probability of survival is low?

Public Warning to Seafarers
Public Warning to Seafarers

Unless negligent officers and Companies are held accountable by OSHA and other Authorities and Agencies, they will continue to drown all of us in an endless sea of oil.

Unacceptable Secrecy at a time of national disaster
Unacceptable Secrecy at a time of national disaster

Date: May 8th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Unaccetable Secrecy at a Time of National Disaster The reported deaths of three Venezuelan men, whose boat capsized after their engine failed wh…

Pictures of Pelicans affected by the oil spill (See Link for Pictures)
Pictures of Pelicans affected by the oil spill (See Link for Pictures)

While many many new Pelicans continue to be discovered drenched in thick black oil, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is wondering if the oil spill was ever contained and cleaned up. And what ab…

What we should all know about Petrotrin’s danger
What we should all know about Petrotrin’s danger

Until and unless our elected leaders act with accountability and good public administration they will continue to cause untold hardship for countless communities who are without a voice.

Petrotrin Oil Spill- An Accident or a Time Bomb?
Petrotrin Oil Spill- An Accident or a Time Bomb?

Every time there is an oil spill, a cosmetic clean up occurs and they pretend that the problem is solved. The problem is never solved because the cause of the problem has never been addressed

Another Oil Spill
Another Oil Spill

Should we not have a Law that forces all oil companies to report ALL OR ANY oil spills? How many spills are reported and how many go unreported?

Hard Decisions Must Be Made
Hard Decisions Must Be Made

Date: September 28th,2016 Dear Editor/Newsroom, December 17, 2013 Since the unprecedented Petrotrin oil spill of 2013 a wide variety marine life continues to wash ashore, dead or dying on…

Official Statements on New Analysis into the La Brea Fish Kills
Official Statements on New Analysis into the La Brea Fish Kills

September 23rd 2016 Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have addressed two open letters respectfully seeking an urgent meeting with the two highest office holders of our Republic, His Excellen…

Is Fish Safe To Eat?
Is Fish Safe To Eat?

Date: September 21st ,2016 Dear Editor/Newsroom, In light of the independent laboratory analysis conducted by the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) for Fishermen and Friends of…

Official Statements on the La Brea Fish Kill Investigation
Official Statements on the La Brea Fish Kill Investigation

September 20th 2016 Due to conflicting information provided to the media over the past few months, FFOS now seeks to clarify the evidence on the on-going Fish Kills in the South Western peninsula…

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Response to the July, 2016 Joint Press Release by The Environmental Management Authority (EMA)  And The Institute Of Marine Affairs (IMA): “Investigation Into Gulf Of Paria Fish Kills Continues”.
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Response to the July, 2016 Joint Press Release by The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) And The Institute Of Marine Affairs (IMA): “Investigation Into Gulf Of Paria Fish Kills Continues”.

On numerous occasions FFOS has provided samples for the EMA and the IMA to test – fish, crabs, shark, pelicans, and bottle nose dolphins – yet we have never received a single report, or even a definit…