The Ministry of Transport and Local Government announced that Port Department Officials located diesel fuel leak in Farmers Hill Exuma.
Operators of Emerald Bay Marina discovered the leak yesterday morning around 11 am. The fuel storage tank line, managed by Sun Oil, actually began leaking the day before, on August 19th.
Officials say approximately 3,600-3,800 gallons of diesel fuel was leaked into the waters of the marina. That’s classified as a tier 1 oil spill. The immediate area has been secured with containment booms to prevent further spreading and to keep the spill from impacting neighboring marine life.
Officials from the Department of Environmental Health, Port Department, and representatives from Sun Oil are on the scene engaging in recovery efforts. Port Officials state that the situation is presently under control and recovery efforts are ongoing. The Ministry of Transport and Local Government are making monitoring the water against maritime pollution a top priority.
It’s still unknown what caused the fuel line to leak. So far the environmental impact seems to be at a minimum and contained.
Ocean pollution has been an increasing concern in Exuma and The Bahamas. As more tourists arrive on the shores, there is a noticeable increase in pollution. Hopefully, this spill won’t have any lasting consequences on Exuma’s beautiful marine life and environment.