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BPL fuel leak was ‘relatively minor’

Bahamas Power and Light (BPL) officials yesterday refused to disclose how many gallons of fuel leaked at its Blue Hills Power Station in an incident over the weekend.

According to reports, the leak was discovered on Saturday afternoon at around 2:35 p.m. by an employee. The cause of the leak was a loose connection, BPL Director of Public Relations Quincy Parker said yesterday.

Parker said that the issue was due to human error and that once the connection was tightened, the leak stopped.

“The remediation is not going to take long because it was relatively minor,” Parker said.

“I don’t want to say how much it was because it sounds like a lot.”

He added, “Relatively speaking, it was a small amount.”

Parker said residents in the surrounding area should not be concerned as “it wasn’t that big”, and he noted that remediation has already begun.

“The appropriate steps would have been undertaken by our environmental and safety director,” he said.

“What those steps are, I cannot say specifically at the moment, but I am sure that they include an isolation of the area in preparation for removing the spilled oil.

“There was already some remediation efforts taken.

“For instance, spill kits were deployed as was peat soak, which pulled some of the oil up out of the ground so that it was able to be removed from the site already.

“So, that activity has already begun.”

Asked how much the incident will cost the company, Parker said the cost has not yet been assessed.

“I would say that it was not a significant cost to the company as it relates to the leak,” he said.

He added, “It could have been a much more problematic issue, but thanks be to God, it was not.”

BPL has faced numerous issues with oil spills over the years, particularly at its Clifton Pier Power Station, where oil seeped into the ocean adjacent to the site for years.

Last month, the power company approved a budget for the remediation of that site. BPL officials said the cleanup could cost up to $6 million.

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish
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