Cavite gov downplays diesel spill destruction
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A diesel oil spill on Manila Bay that raises potential environmental and health hazards and threatens to ruin the capital’s vital fishing industry has “95-percent” evaporated, leaving only “a thin film” of fuel on the water’s surface, the governor of Cavite province claimed on Friday. “There were no evident signs of a fishkill, no damage to properties, although we are still waiting for the results of marine tests,” said Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla following a visit to the spill site in the town of Rosario on Friday. The tanker, which is now being held by the PCG, had docked at a Petron terminal in Rosario on Wednesday, unloading 2.3-million liters of diesel through an underwater pipeline. The spill was first spotted about 3 kilometers off the coastline of Rosario on Thursday afternoon.
Cinco, M., Santos, T., Olchondra, R., & Tubeza, P. (2013, august 10). Cavite gov downplays diesel spill destruction. Philippine Daily Inquirer, pp. A1, A2.
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Oil spills; Fishery industry; Fuels; Aerial surveys; Environmental protection; Floating barriers; Marine organisms; Fishers; Livelihoods; Marine pollution; Public health; Benzene; Carcinogens; Xylene; Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); Petron Corp.; Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC); Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya); Department of Health (DoH); Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR); Remulla, Juanito Victor; Garcia, Joel; Tayag, Enrique; Petilla, Carlos Jericho