PLP: Lack Of Information On Spill Is ‘Troubling’

April 4, 2017

“The recent gasoline leak that occurred at Rubis is of great concern,” Shadow Minister of the Environment, Planning and Workforce Development Diallo Rabain said, adding that “with an ecological system as fragile as ours and our natural beauty being a huge selling point for our tourism product, the lack of information from both Rubis and the Government is very troubling.”

Mr. Rabain said, “The limited information provided only reveals that 85,000 liters of gasoline has spilled. The public remains in the dark as to a] how this could have happened, b] how long it took Rubis to inform the relevant authorities and c] the potential fallout from this spill.

“It seems sugar-coated reports have taken precedence over the release of potential outcomes that would allow for real solutions to be considered. The Government and the public should be receiving daily updates on this situation instead of what we are being given to date.

“While some of the gasoline may evaporate, it will quickly seep into our limestone and make its way into our water lens in short order. Once there, it will swiftly be disbursed from the location of the spill. This is of paramount concern as 85,000 liters is a considerable amount of gasoline and, with two caves already identified in this area, the potential fallout increases.

“The cause of this spill, and the time frame between the leak and its reporting, are critical details that must be released. Such details give an indication as to existing protocols and any further measures needed to be adopted to prevent a repeat scenario.

“Additionally, the Government’s role in this matter must be identified. It seems as if Rubis is instructing the Government as to how to respond, whereas the Government should be taking the lead in advising Rubis as to appropriate corrective measures.

“During these early stages I call upon the Government to be proactive and take all possible steps to ensure the public is well informed and that Rubis will not only be diligent in their handling of the matter, but forthright in their explanations as to how this leak occurred.”

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  1. Hope says:

    Just a guess, but maybe they are focusing their efforts on containing/fixing the issue, before spending their time on administration burdens? Give them a chance. They’ve already released information today on the amount spilled, the probable cause (which is still being assessed) and said that there is no immediate danger to residents.

    • mixitup says:

      Really? The fact that you say ‘Just a guess’, and but maybe. And the ‘They Said’ there is no immediate danger to residents….. I need to get into Big Business and Gov’t, cause this Shyte is just too easy..

    • Cranberry says:

      Whenever a big company denies something – it’s generally true…

  2. Yahoo says:

    The lack of a legitimate opposition party is also troubling.

    • mixitup says:

      I’m more concerned about the dysfunctional Govt to be honest.

      • Humphrey says:

        Or do you mean plp.the dysfunctional plp.

      • aceboy says:

        Dysfunctional government from 1998 – 2012 and you were unconcerned?

  3. puzzled says:

    Wonder what Mr. Rabain would say if KFC had a spill.

    Next we’ll have pee checks at public toilets ?

  4. Rhonnda Oliver says:

    “The public remains in the dark as to a] how this could have happened, b] how long it took Rubis to inform the relevant authorities and c] the potential fallout from this spill.”

    Only if they’ve not been paying attention.

  5. steve says:

    Please stop…i am begging you…

  6. Good says:

    I am glad these questions were raised as a local I am very concerned about this matter and the lack of information.

  7. Long bay trading says:

    Somebody please pleaseeeee tell me when the PLP cared about Bermuda and our environment ? ??? In 14 years they never cared. Why suddenly now with such a horrible track record?

    • mixitup says:

      Seriously? Not sure who was dredging the north channel, not even sure who landfilled the south basin or approved the St’georges hotel to be dropped on a pristine beach but I don’t think is was the PLP..

      • Cranberry says:

        Follow the money… PLP or the OBA it’s the same.

        OBA has more finesse is all…

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      You only have to take a look at some of their homes to see how much they care for the environment. Lots covered & smothered to the max with concrete in buildings, pools, driveways & spaces for cars to park on.

  8. Long bay trading says:

    Am with Steve – pleaseeeee stop

  9. Runner says:

    If they only had a glimpse of what transpires in the real world with tthis type of fortuitous event! Focus needs to be on remediation…..not political points. BTW, spills can happen despite all reasonable efforts to avoid same. Try to do something constructive for once.

    • Earth watch police says:

      Troubling is the f##king state your plp.left us in.

      • Humphrey says:

        Amen to that n they want finish us off by getting us to vote for them.never gonna happen again.

      • Cranberry says:

        Follow the money… PLP or the OBA it’s the same.

        OBA has more finesse is all…

  10. aceboy says:

    Anyone need an SDO? SDO anyone? Selling SDOs….who needs one!? Get ‘em while their hot!

  11. Garry Marshall says:

    All you hear from PLP is blah blah blah cause they don’t and never will anything constructive to bring to the table that will be for the people of Bermuda and not just for themselves.

  12. wahoo says:

    No sense crying over spilt gas.