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Bahamas Oil Cleanup Underway

September 12, 2019

(Photo: Equinor)

Equinor said on Thursday that an onshore team has started to recover oil and move it into tank storage as part of cleanup efforts at the South Riding Point terminal in the Bahamas after the impact of Hurricane Dorian.

Initial recovery assets have been deployed and additional machinery and equipment is being added, as a response team continues to assess the damage and plan recovery work.

Equinor said it expects recovery efforts will be significantly stepped up over the coming days in close dialogue with local authorities.

It is still Equinor’s assessment that no oil is leaking from the terminal. An area with suspected oil spill in open water has now been confirmed to be a patch of seaweed, the company said.

Another area with potential product 70-80 kilometers northeast of the terminal on the other side of the island has been observed from air and results are being processed. Currently, there are no indications that the terminal is the source for this, Equinor said.

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