Letter: Are we prepared for disaster?


Dear Sir:

In light of the increasing global frequency of potentially fatal explosions, is Trinidad and Tobago, as the largest regional oil, gas and chemical industry nation, prepared or properly equipped to deal with a similar explosive emergency?

On Tuesday 9th October 2018 there were two massive oil refinery explosions, one at Irving Oil, Canada’s largest hydrocarbon refinery, and one in Bosnia at a Russian-owned oil refinery near the border with Croatia.

In Canada, all employees and contractors were accounted for with some contractors being treated for injuries and no reported causalities. However, at Bosnia, one casualty has been confirmed with nine others injured.

In the past year there have been several reported major oil refinery explosions:

• September 1, 2018…

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