MP calls for compensation for oil-affected fisherfolk

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    Oropouche West MP Dave Tancoo is demanding that Government and Heritage Petroleum meet with fisherfolk and residents affected by the oil spill in Woodland to discuss compensation.

    He says over 70 persons who make their living through fishing and/or crab catching are severely affected.

    Their boats, equipment and engines have been damaged and due to the oil polluted river, the fish and crab habitats have been covered with oil and destroyed.

    Mr. Tancoo says for the past week, they have not been allowed to go out to make their fish and crab catches, so no income.

    He sees this as an environmental disaster in which the Ministry of Social Development could render emergency assistance.