More than a million gallons of oil spilled in Bahamas after Dorian

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Workers clean up spilled oil at the South Riding Point oil facility. Photo by Equinor

Workers clean up spilled oil at the South Riding Point oil facility. Photo by Equinor

Close to 1.5 million gallons of oil have spilled since Hurricane Dorian wrecked an oil storage facility on Grand Bahama island last month. Equinor, the company, the owns the facility is still working to clean up the oil.

According to the website, Erik Haaland, a press officer with Equinor, confirmed that the Norwegian company had recovered 35,000 barrels of oil as of last Sunday. That equals 1.47 million gallons. The number of barrels recovered as of today is reportedly close to three times the amount the company said it lost a week ago. After speaking to another Equinor press officer, earther.gizmodo said the amount of lost oil was 12,000 barrels, or about 504,000 gallons.

The Equinor facility is on the southern coast of Grand Bahama island near the town of High Rock. The cleanup effort has reportedly required 250 people and heavy equipment including vacuum trucks. Earther.gizmodo said that some oil has been spotted offshore, but added that Equinor hasn’t confirmed that the oil came from its facility.


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