south-western coast, absorbing the crude with solvent, officials said. The 35-ton (10,290-gallon) spill from an offshore platform stretched two miles (3 km) off the coast of Point Fortin, state-owned oil company Petrotrin said. Petrotrin investigated whether a faulty or unmanned pump caused the spill, company spokesman Arnold Corneal said. The spill happened about 2 a.m. (0600 GMT) about 15 miles (24 km) from the coast and workers contained it by afternoon, officials said. None of the oil reached land.
It was too early to estimate damage to marine life, said Kirk Jean-Baptiste, spokesman for Trinidad’s Environmental Management Authority. Trinidad’s spill was tiny compared to the Prestige oil tanker spill in Spain last year. About 63,000 tons (16.8 mm gallons) of fuel oil leaked from the tanker, fouling Spain’s Atlantic coast.
No workers were on the platform when Trinidad spill happened, Corneal said.