The first results of the groundwater tests around the South Riding Point terminal at the Bahamas show no contamination from the oil spill.
Equinor has initiated a surveillance and monitoring program to ensure quality of the groundwater in the areas impacted by the oil spill from the terminal after the impact of hurricane Dorian. The first testing from 22 monitoring wells has now been completed without detection of any groundwater contaminant from the oil spill.
There is no detectable concentration of petroleum hydrocarbons and no detectable concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene or xylene. Substantial seawater impacts are detected in the groundwater due to the flooding experienced at the Bahamas during the hurricane. Groundwater flow direction testing confirms that the groundwater does not flow towards any settlements in the area.
Additional groundwater wells will be drilled going forward. Independent analysis of the groundwater samples will be conducted by the Department of Environmental Health Services in the Ministry of Environment and Housing.
The clean-up operations at the terminal continue to progress. Free oil at and around the terminal has now been collected and heavy machinery is being de-mobilised. The focus going forward will be to continue the clean-up in the forest areas north-east of the terminal. Both the monitoring and clean-up activities will continue into 2020.