|An oil refinery in Trinidad. Click for photo credit.|
Trinidad and Tobago is located off the coast of Venezuela. It is sometimes classified as a Caribbean country and sometimes as a South American nation. It has an abundance of energy resources including oil and natural gas. In addition, it has many industries associated with this energy wealth including oil refining, petrochemical plants, and steel manufacturing. With such huge energy resources, it also has tremendous risks for pollution. As an island nation, it is particularly vulnerable to pollution problems, particularly oil spills.
|Many in Trinidad are concerned over the impact of the|
oil spill on tourism. It hosts one of the most spectacular
Carnival celebrations in the world in the coming weeks.
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According to this article on the Huffington Post, there are conflicting possible causes for the oil spill. The owner of the state run oil company stated that part of the cause was sabotage. Others blame old infrastructure and a lack of oversight. There is also controversy over the cleanup of the spill. The government used a dispersant that is considered worse for the environment than oil when it is mixed with oil.
The massive size of this spill and the political implications of having a state owned oil company having these problems are making quite a bit of news in the region. With Trinidad's famous Carnival approaching, it is many concerned about tourism.