Equinor, the company that owns and manages the South Riding Point storage and transshipment terminal in High Rock, Grand Bahama, has commenced the cleanup of the oil spill at the location, after Hurricane Dorian blew the lids off a few of the storage tanks at the site, spilling oil about the surrounding area.
Deputy Prime Minister Peter Turnquest, who is also the member of Parliament for East End, Grand Bahama, where the terminal is located, said at this point he’s satisfied with the efforts made so far to remedy the situation.
“They have engaged both local and international experts to help clean up this spill and so far, it appears they are doing what they can in order to remediate as quickly as possible,” he said.
“I can say that they have indicated that there is no spill on the south shore, nor can they detect any on the north shore, but they do need to monitor and do surveillance.
“They’re also testing for water contamination as well as air contamination.”
The terminal has 6.75 million barrels of crude and condensate storage.
Equinor has said there were at least 1.8 million barrels of oil stored in the storage containers that had the lids ripped off in the storm.
Last week, nearly seven days after the storm left Grand Bahama, Attorney General Carl Bethel said there had been “too much of a delay” in Equinor’s response to the oil spill.
“So far, they have been doing a decent job as far as the untrained eye would have seen,” Turnquest said yesterday.
“They are being responsive and providing information certainly to the government and the BEST Commission and the Ministry of the Environment, but also to me as the member of Parliament. So far, I’m satisfied but obviously we will not be satisfied until it’s all cleaned up and it is declared to be safe for the long term.”