Hurricane Dorian that struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm last Sunday damaged the Equinor South Riding Point oil storage facility in High Rock, causing a large spill.
The Norwegian energy company that owns the facility issued a press release on 5 September, saying there were no observations of any oil spill at sea. However, photos and videos have since emerged online, proving that the spillage did in fact take place. Coral Vita, a coral conservation group, were among the first people to assess the scale of the damage at the site.
Absolutely CATASTROPHIC #oilspill in #GrandBahama from #HurricaneDorian at the #Statoil / @Equinor facility. Teams need to be here TODAY to a) prevent a fire from starting (oil across the highway where people are trying to help) b) stop any/all spillage to ocean and c) clean up pic.twitter.com/8u3e2BDYdY— Coral Vita (@CoralVitaReefs) September 5, 2019
As the information about the oil spill has been spreading online, some users have suggested that the issue deserves wider media coverage.
The hurricane struck the Bahamas as a Category 5 storm last Sunday and remained over Abaco and Grand Bahama for the following two days bringing 185mph winds and torrential rains. The death toll from the storm has grown to 43, and the figure is expected to rise. Up to 70,000 people in the Bahamas are said to be in need of 'life-saving assistance.'
Earlier this week, the US National Hurricane Center said that Dorian had weakened to a Category 1 storm with sustained winds of 90 mph.