T&T MP calls for Petrotrin Board to resign

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Petrotrin Oil Refinery

“This is the second incident in two weeks which has brought grave danger to residents following last week’s oil spill which the nation remains unsure of the total quantity of oil leakage,” – David Lee

Pointe-a-Pierre MP David Lee has called for the resignation of the President and Board of Trinidad and Togabo’s (T&T) State-owned oil company, Petrotrin.

Lee said this was due to the level of “incompetence” emanating from its operations which have been posing great danger to the health, comfort and lives of surrounding citizens, according to the Trinidad Express.

He said the latest incident of a higher than normal flare at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery resulted in intense heat and a strong chemical scent in communities along its fence line.

MP David Lee

“This is the second incident in two weeks which has brought grave danger to residents following last week’s oil spill which the nation remains unsure of the total quantity of oil leakage,” he stated in a media release.

Lee claimed that affected residents had not yet received any form of medical attention and any information on how they should operate in the event of a future occurrence. Tuesday’s “flaring up” of the refinery is a very serious matter which resulted in many citizens being traumatised by the intense heat while many are now suffering with respiratory attacks due to the high scents of chemicals and gasses, he said.

Lee also questioned whether Petrotrin had a disaster plan for the Pointe-a-Pierre constituency.

On Tuesday, residents living near Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery woke up to intense heat and a high scent of chemicals.

Petrotrin stated that the company experienced an “upset condition” at the refinery, accompanied by higher than normal flaring.

Republished from the Trinidad Express