Oct 19
Oil and feathers on white sand beach

Oil Exploration Fears For ‘Eco Centric Mecca’

Oct. 19, 2020 – Neil Hartnell, Tribune Business Editor, The Tribune

An Andros bonefishing lodge’s co-owner has voice alarm that that “the eco-centric mecca” of The Bahamas could be irreparably harmed if oil exploration plans go awry.

Shawn Leadon, joint proprietor of Andros Island Bonefish Club, and head of Andros Outdoor Adventures, told Tribune Business that even the slightest “mishap” from Bahamas Petroleum Company’s (BPC) proposed first well could undermine “the incubator for the entire country” that is the island’s western side.

BPC is aiming to potentially spud its Perseverance One well just before Christmas 2020 in waters just over 80 miles west of Andros, and has repeatedly said its environmental, technical and scientific research shows the possibility of any oil spill/pollution – as well as damage to Bahamian waters and islands – is minimal at best.