Tobago to get US$7.4 million from central gov’t to offset oil spill expenses

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Tobago will receive TT$50 million (approximately US$7.4 million) to offset expenses related to the recent oil spill, TT Live Online reported. The spill, which occurred in February, involved a tug and barge that ran aground.

The state broadcaster said the Tobago House of Assembly had requested TT$153 million (approx. US$22.6 million). However, Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, said the Ministry only found justification for the smaller sum.

“These costs include cleanup and remediation, lease and rental infrastructure, marine support services and consultancy, security, materials and supplies, catering and refurbishment,” Imbert said.

After the appropriation bill is assented to by the President and cash flow permits, the funds will be allocated to the Tobago House of Assembly, TTT Live Online said.

The oil spill, pictured on February 10, covered about 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) of the coastline in black residue. (Clement Williams/AFP/Getty Images)

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