Equinor Works to Clean Up Oil Spill at Bahamas Terminal

Equinor Works to Clean Up Oil Spill at Bahamas Terminal
This satellite image from Equinor's website shows the impact of Hurricane Dorian on the South Riding Point oil terminal at Grand Bahama Island. The red outline indicates the plume area of the oil spill. (Pleiades CNES, Distribution Airbus DS)

Equinor ASA is continuing to respond to damage done to its Bahamas South Riding Point oil storage terminal as well as nearby oil spills due to Hurricane Dorian.

On Monday, the company released a statement saying two vessels were on the way from Louisiana with 43 oil spill response personnel and clean-up equipment.  

“Additional oil spill personnel and equipment is being mobilized in Florida and could arrive within two days, and efforts are being made to secure equipment available in the Bahamas,” Equinor said.

Equipment for use both onshore and offshore has been mobilized.

Resources in the Bahamas, the U.S. and Norway are coordinating the response to the spill and mitigation of damage to the terminal, said Equinor. About 225 Equinor employees are involved in the response, in addition to external personnel and resources.

Equinor said there’s nothing indicating ongoing leaks from the tanks or oil stemming from the terminal on nearby beaches or the ocean.

Hurricane Dorian first made landfall Sept. 1 in the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm.

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Sam Lucas  |  September 18, 2019
I drove by there yesterday and they were only cleaning up on their side of the road with big puddles of oil standing on the other side. The day before, they tried to stop me from filming there. I shared the video on my gofundme page "Save Pelican Point" which is the next town over. Hopefully this will show how bad it would be to allow Oban to build on Grand Bahama.
Pete Adams  |  September 13, 2019
Reports saying the oil in the water is seaweed is a lie, if and when that oil gets to Florida's Beaches, Florida's Governor will get prove then fine this oil company.
Desmond Fowles  |  September 12, 2019
Equinor high level officials need to go to Freeport and hold a press conference to tell the locals exactly what the cleanup plans are and the timeline and have an estimate of how large the spill is. That has become standard practise since the Exxon Valdez spill and subsequent terrible communications by BP. This should have been done days ago. They must have had detailed contingency plans for such an event. The odd press release from Oslo is NOT the way to handle this.
Rudolf Huber  |  September 11, 2019
Let's assume this would have been an LNG terminal and the LNG spillt into the ocean. There would be some frozen fish, ready for Sushi and - NOTHING. No oil slick, no dead animals, no spoilt beaches, no toxic clouds of anything, no billions of cleanup costs. Just a cloud of methane that atmospheric processes will make short work with. LNG is your friend.
Paul wild  |  September 10, 2019
A swift & direct response. Oil storage is essential to the area & maybe more so with the prospect of offshore drilling. protecting and preventing damage to the islands has never been more important

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