Hurricane Dorian Rips Roofs Off Bahamas Oil Storage Tanks, Causes ‘Catastrophic’ Spillage

Hurricane Dorian Rips Roofs Off Bahamas Oil Storage Tanks, Causes ‘Catastrophic’ Spillage

(Bloomberg) — Hurricane Dorian has left oil seeping into the
ground on the island of Grand Bahama after the storm blew the tops
off five crude-storage tanks on the island.

“According to the information we have right now, the roofs of
five tanks are gone,” Norway’s Equinor ASA, which owns the
storage facilities, said in a statement. “We do not know if they
are been carried away by the winds or fallen into the tanks.”

Equinor said Thursday that a flyover it conducted showed oil had
seeped into the ground but not the sea. The tanks can hold 6.75
million barrels — almost 1 million tons. The terminal was shut on
Saturday in preparation for the storm and will stay closed until
further notice, the company said Friday.

A video tweeted
by Coral Vita, which works to protect coral reefs on the island,
appeared to show that crude reached a nearby road and was outside a
perimeter fence.

at the
/ @Equinor
facility. Teams need to be here TODAY to a) prevent a fire from
starting (oil across the highway where people are trying to help)
b) stop any/all spillage to ocean and c) clean up

— Coral Vita (@CoralVitaReefs)
September 5, 2019

The environmental impact from the spill is one of many brutal
blows for
Grand Bahama
after the storm put large tracts of the Bahamian
island under water and left thousands homeless.

Equinor said Friday that it’s still too soon to estimate how
long the response will take and that it doesn’t have information
about oil reaching the sea.

“The situation in the Bahamas is still challenging and
infrastructure has sustained severe damage,” Equinor said. “All
required resources are being mustered and our primary concern is to
ensure the safety of our employees and the environment. We are
mobilizing people and equipment to respond to the spill as soon as


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