Bahamas government prepares for Gulf oil spill

| 07/06/2010

(The Freeport News): Industrial companies in Grand Bahama are being called on to stand ready to assist the government in formulating a national response should the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico reach Bahamian waters. This was disclosed by the Minister of Environment Earl Deveaux during a press conference in New Providence yesterday. Deveaux indicated that on Friday, the government will be dispatching scientists to Cay Sal, which is the area the government feels is most vulnerable, to take water and marine samples and determine against the likelihood of the spill turning south and heading into Bahamian waters.

The government is deeply concerned about the oil spill and its likely impact on The Bahamas, he said, and the country’s Oil Spill Contingency Team, which has been mobilized, will work to refine the country’s options, marshall national and international resources and to keep a watchful eye on the spill.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope so, it is better to be prepared.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Any word on whether the Cayman Islands are preparing in some form or shape?

    • Night Flyer says:

      Reply to 08.19

      It’s extremely unlikely, if not impossible for any of the oil to make it’s way to the Cayman Islands, due to the way the gulf stream flows.