Bunker fuel leaked from a storage tank at Petrotrin’s Pointe-a-Pierre refinery has allegedly reached Bonaire’s east coast, says Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) corporate secretary Gary Aboud.
He claimed that oil clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s east coast and clean-up efforts were now under way.
“The government of Bonaire have begun aerial monitoring to determine the location of the oil drifting in the sea. Curacao and Aruba and representatives of the Dutch Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment (Infrastructuur & Milieu, or I&M) have made a collaborated effort in dealing with this environmental disaster and are expecting more oil clumps to wash ashore,” Aboud said.
He said the impact of the reputed Tank 70 leak in April was worsening.
“The salt in the sea water has turned most of the oil into tar, so that it cannot easily be detected by air.