Aug 26

Drilling for oil in the Bahamas would be a disaster

August 26, 2020

The recent oil spill on the southeast coast of Mauritius is a reminder that drilling for oil in The Bahamas is a recipe for disaster.

On July 25, 2020 the Japanese owned mv Wakashio sustained damage when it hit and destroyed a coral reef near Pointe D’Esny, a sanctuary for rare wildlife and important wetlands.

At the beginning of August, oil leaking from the ship turned the colour of the ocean from pristine turquoise to thick dark toxic waste. A state of environmental emergency was declared and a unique, bio-diverse marine ecosystem was polluted with more than 1,000 tonnes of diesel and oil.

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