The Trinidad and Tobago government says it is seeking international assistance to deal with an oil spill that is threatening several areas in the southern part of the country.
Trinidadís Oilfield Workers Trade Union has said the state-owned company, PETROTRIN, should shoulder the blame for the environmental disaster.
Officials say the clean-up exercise could last weeks and a national oil spill contingency plan would be made available to PETROTRIN.
Trinidadís Energy Minister says the company has already removed 700 barrels of oil from the La Brea beach.
Meanwhile, the Trinidadian government yesterday announced increased security for energy installations both on land and sea.
There are allegations that the oil spills may have been as a result of sabotage.
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