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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.

Constant oil spills at landfill threaten fresh water supply

 

Above: despite the contract for managing the Central Abaco Landfill expiring in November 2012, no new official management contract has been awarded; leaving the state of affairs at the Landfill up in the air. Oil spills and illegal burning are now commonplace.
Above: despite the contract for managing the Central Abaco Landfill expiring in November 2012, no new official management contract has been awarded; leaving the state of affairs at the Landfill up in the air. Oil spills and illegal burning are now commonplace.

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.

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About Timothy Roberts

Timothy Roberts

Timothy had his first venture into Journalism just months after graduating from Queen’s College in Nassau taking his first job with The Tribune in 1991 leaving in 1992 for other pursuits.

During his time in Nassau he diversified his experiences working as a warehouse manager, locksmith and computer technician before returning to Abaco, a place he has always considered home, in 1999.

He joined the staff of The Abaconian in 2001 doing graphic design and writing an opinion article called Generally Speaking and after a brief time away, returned to The Abaconian in 2010 as a reporter, graphic designer and computer technician.

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