Statoil confirmed that harsh conditions and high waves were preventing emergency response teams from adequately observing the area immediately following the spill, and that it would inspect the area from the air.
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Petrotrin, Trinidad's state-owned oil company, is accusing an unknown party of causing at least two out of the 11 recent oil spills that occurred from a pipeline in mid-December, cloaking miles of beaches with crude.
Flooding and riverbed erosion has caused 2.4 million gallons of crude oil and other hazardous liquids to spill from pipelines into U.S. waterways over the last 20 years, but the U.S. won't increase protections.