BANGKOK: Authorities are dashing to stop an oil spill in eastern Thailand from damaging fragile corals, after officers mentioned on Sunday (Jan 30) the leak that started final week was drifting in direction of extra coastal areas.
Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Varawut Silpa-archa mentioned it was essential to attempt to stop the primary mass of oil from reaching the shore at Ao Prao, a small bay on Koh Samet, which is a well-liked resort island.
“If the oil reached inside this area it could impact the beach and cause heavy damage to the shallow water corals,” Varawut mentioned.
The oil started leaking from a pipeline owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC) late on Tuesday.
Before it was introduced underneath management, an estimated 50,000 litres of oil escaped into the ocean 20km from the shoreline of eastern Thailand.
Mae Ramphueng Beach in Rayong province declared a catastrophe space after some oil got here ashore there late on Friday.
The newest satellite tv for pc picture from the federal government’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) confirmed the oil spill has unfold to cowl 67 sq km space of the ocean.
Most of the oil had fashioned a skinny movie relatively than a thick oil slick, navy spokesman Vice Admiral Pokkrong Monthatphalin instructed reporters, citing aerial pictures.