RUBiS: Making “Good Progress” In Recovery

April 4, 2017 | 8 Comments

RUBiS said they continue to “make good progress in recovering gasoline that leaked at its Ferry Road Depot last week”, adding that “the evidence gathered thus far indicates that the impact of the spill is contained within the boundaries of our St. George’s Depot.”

The company said, “The leak was due to the failure of a gasket connecting a valve to a fuel pipeline. The faulty gasket was removed and replaced as soon as the leak was discovered and all other tanks, pipes, valves and equipment have subsequently been checked for continued safe operation and use.

Fire Service at Rubis Ferry Reach Bermuda March 28 2017 (2)

“Inspection of monitoring wells surrounding the leak confirms the spill remains contained within RUBiS property boundaries. Gasoline was found in just one monitoring well which is now being used to recover the fuel as quickly as possible.

“Additionally, we have installed another three monitoring wells so that we can continue to monitor soil, ground water and air quality on and around the Depot during our cleanup process.

“Air monitoring devices used to test for odors and flammable vapors confirm there is no current health risk for workers at the terminal or for neighbors nearby.

“Next steps in the coming days include installation of several additional extraction wells. Extraction wells will help us recover the liquid fuel [also known as free product] more quickly and effectively, and we will also be extracting vapor from affected soil.

“The evidence gathered thus far indicates that the impact of the spill is contained within the boundaries of our St. George’s Depot. The coast line, sea water, and neighbouring properties adjacent to our St Georges Depot, have not been impacted and there has been no presence of hydrocarbons detected in the soil, air or the sea in these areas adjacent to our depot.

“RUBiS remains firmly committed to the protection of the coast line, ocean and neighbouring properties, the containment of the impact of the spill within the boundaries of our depot, and the recovery of free product that lies underground.

“We have deployed and will continue to deploy all necessary resources to remove hydrocarbons from the soil and ground water wherever detected as per international environmental standards.”

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  1. Jadon says:

    Don’t hear BEST or greenrock?… must be friends and family lol

    • J Starling says:

      Good morning Jadon,

      For the abundance of clarity, this piece is a press release from Rubis. You wouldn’t expect a press release from Rubis to include comments from entities outside of Rubis – that’s why you ‘don’t hear BEST or Greenrock’ in it.

      The vast majority of articles that have been published on this incident that aren’t press releases from Rubis do, actually, include comments from either BEST or Greenrock (and sometimes both), so it is inaccurate, to say the least, to be implying that both of those organisations have been silent on this incident.

      Please feel free to call me or drop me a line, I’d be happy to give you more information at any time.

  2. Not good enough says:

    As a local I am not pleased with the transparency and information from the company about this matter. We need an independent assessor similar to what happened in the US with the big oil spill.

  3. Jr Smith says:

    nothing to see hear folks, all is well, move along.. 19 water trucks worth

  4. Real Onion says:

    RUBiS said they continue to “make good progress in recovering gasoline that leaked…………

    Hope they dont plan on selling that contaminated fuel to joe motorist.

  5. Concerned says:

    Well done Rubis staff

  6. free gas says:

    Could just drill a well next door and get free gas for life!!

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