Trinidad and Tobago: Oil Spill Sparks National Emergency

Trinidad and Tobago: Oil Spill Sparks National Emergency
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The Facts

  • Trinidad and Tobago's Prime Minister Keith Rowley said on Sunday that an oil spill from a capsized ship — whose national origin and official designation remains unknown — off the nation's southernmost coast has caused a national emergency.

  • The mystery vessel, visually identified as "Gulfstream," reportedly made no distress call before overturning on Wednesday. According to the Tobago Emergency Management Agency, there were no signs of life on the nearly 330-foot-long ship.

The Spin

Pro-establishment narrative

The international community is fully aware of the drastic situation that Trinidad and Tobago has been experiencing as a consequence of this large oil drill, especially regarding the costs of responding to this incident and the subsequent cleanup. Many countries have already offered support to the dual-island nation and talks are ongoing.

Establishment-critical narrative

It's certain that this oil spill has, unlike hundreds of others off Trinidad and Tobago's coast over the past years, attracted at least some international attention, but it is simply isn't enough. The international community must be ready to substantially support the Caribbean country, and those responsible must be held accountable.

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