PM: Some concerns as to whether sufficient measures have been taken at the Equinor site

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The EQUINOR site after the spill in 2019.

By LETRE SWEETING

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PRIME Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis acknowledged there were concerns about whether sufficient action had been taken at the Equinor site in Grand Bahama where 55,000 barrels of oil spilled during the hurricane Dorian in 2019.

He said his administration would ensure that due diligence was exercised.

“We are aware that there are concerns about whether what they did was enough and we will look into it and we are in the process of looking at a handshake and when they do we will look at the consequential damage that may have been caused to this area,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event at the Atlantis resort.

A reporter had asked him if his administration would look into the spill, which happened when the Minnis administration was in power.

In July, East Grand Bahama MP Kwasi Thompson asked the government about the status of the potential sale of Equinor and whether it would guarantee that sufficient funds would be left in place to clean up any oil spills remaining in the East End.

And earlier this year, activist Joseph Darville called for more vigilance regarding the rehabilitation of the area affected by the Equinor oil spill.

After visiting the area in January, Mr. Darville expressed concern about the soil treated in this area by Equinor.

He told The Tribune in January: “The covered area of ​​this (treated) soil. I wonder what they are going to do there now? Will they replant something in this area, maybe pine trees?

Mr Darville said the area in question is probably around 150 acres from the roadside in front of the plant and stretches north into the forest.

“They (Equinor) took all the soil from the ground, including the residual oil that they couldn’t suck up, and hauled it onto their property. They were rehabilitating it; they were trying to get rid of the content in oil. They brought it back and spread it in this area, and people who frequent the area have reported to me that it smells of oil,” he said.

Mr. Darville thinks that control was neglected by the previous administration.

Regarding another environmental incident, Attorney General Ryan Pinder said earlier this week that his department was preparing documents for “action” following investigations into the various agencies involved in the Exuma oil spill.

“The Attorney General’s office has gathered all applicable reports from agencies including the police, Port Department and DEPP (Department of Environmental Planning and Protection) and reviewed them with respect to the potential liability,” Pinder said. said Wednesday.

The spill occurred while a Sun Oil-contracted vessel was offloading fuel at Bahamas Power and Light in George Town.

The leak is believed to have occurred following a “breach in the pipe” that ran from the supply vessel.

Following the incident, government officials promised that those responsible for the spill would “pay” once investigations were completed.

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