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Oil spill from capsized barge near Tobago soils beaches hundreds of miles away

officials to create a map of the seabed and other data around the wreck, which foreign experts are helping to remove.


Crews are working to contain and collect the oil, officials said.
Environmental activists have questioned who will pay for the cleanup costs and demanded help for fishermen whose livelihood and equipment were affected.


Augustine said relief efforts will start Friday, with the government distributing vouchers to those affected so they can buy groceries.


“These individuals have had their industry impacted for over two weeks,” he said. “Certainly they have needs that must be met. They have families they must take care of.”


He said the government will announce additional relief efforts in upcoming days and will meet with Tobago’s fishing community to quantify their losses: “The fishing industry is significantly large on the island.”

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