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Posted by:Dec 7th 2012, 03:24:34 pm
Fig Tree News Teamhttp://www.tribune242.com/news/2012/dec/07/latest-spill-pipeline-eleuthera/

A HUGE pipeline breach has spilled 70,000 gallons of fuel in Eleuthera, the Bahamas Electricity Company revealed late last night.

#The news, which comes on the heels of a significant oil spill from a cargo ship just off the coast of Freeport, had emergency clean-up teams scrambling to contain the situation.

#According to an official statement, BEC has known about the leak since Tuesday, but opted to keep the matter quiet until last night.

#Around 20,000 gallons of the unspecified fuel has been recovered thus far, according to the statement.

#It said: “At approximately 9am on Tuesday, December 4, BEC officials became aware of a fuel spill which occurred in the area of a disused fuel storage tank farm for the Rock Sound, Eleuthera power station.

#Although the storage tanks in this area, located in the vicinity of the Rock Sound airport, are not in use, active fuel pipelines supplying fuel to the Rock Sound Power Station pass through this area.

#“BEC employees in Eleuthera responded immediately and the relevant authorities namely, the Ministry of the Environment, the National Oil Spill committee and the Port Department were contacted. In addition to this, teams from New Providence were dispatched to Eleuthera to assist with the assessments and recovery and to carry out an investigation into this matter.

#“Our preliminary findings suggest that a check valve was tampered with and this contributed to the resulting fuel spill. From the assessments to date, BEC estimates that some 70,000 gallons of fuel may have been spilled.

#“The recovery and remediation efforts have commenced and to date more than 20,000 gallons of fuel have been recovered. It should also be noted that a private firm was also engaged to assist with the recovery and remediation.

#“This incident is very unfortunate, however our teams have been working around the clock and are committed to ensuring that the cleanup and remediation efforts are completed in the shortest period of time.”

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