A lack of safeguards protecting sensitive areas from environmental hazards at the Central Abaco Landfill has a number of residents concerned with the prevalence of used oil barrels spilling their contents.
It is claimed by one of the men who oversees activity at the landfill that it is happening due to the heat of the sun. He claimed that the heat from the sun cause the barrel’s lids to ‘pop’ off and even causes them to tip over due to the metal swelling.
Presently there is no proper means of disposing of the oil and it is merely brought in barrels and left at the landfill. It is not clear what happens to the barrels of used oil after being delivered to the landfill.
One of the largest fresh water lenses in Abaco is in the same area and locals are concerned that left unchecked the continued spilling of oil could possibly contaminate the water supply.
We attempted to reach Minister of Environment and Housing, Ken Dorsett but up to press time had received no response on these concerns.