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Lower Caribbean Oil Spill

Trinidad and Tobago | 2017-May-31

Initial Notification: On May 30, 2017, NOAA was contacted by RAC/REMPEITC - Caribe (The Regional Activity Center for the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean) and the Curacao meteorological office regarding oil beaching at various locations on Venezuela, Aruba, Bonair, and Curacao. The heavy weathered patchy product is suspected to have originated from a tank release that occurred in Trinidad on 23 April. NOAA advised that sample collection and fingerprinting would be helpful to positively identify the oil source. NOAA is standing by to assist further if additional information becomes available that could help determine future movement of the oil

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Latitude (approximate): 10° 41.51′ North
Longitude (approximate): 61° 13.35′ West