Beyond Guimaras

September 1, 2006

IT is tragic enough to countenance that an environmentally devastating incident like what happened in Guimaras almost three weeks ago should affect part of our seas, it is much more troubling to consider that it has devastated some of the living things that inhabit its depths.

Then consider the effect of such incident on the lives of humans that look to the seas as a source of livelihood.

No consolation

While the latest assessment on the spread of the deadly oil slick was that it has slowed down and would not reach the waters around Cebu, still it is hardly a consolation to us.

According to the Coast Guard, the slick “has reached the country’s richest fishing grounds.”

Its search and rescue operation noted that the oil has drifted to the Visayan Sea, one of the richest fishing grounds of the republic.

At the moment, estimates of the leak from the sunken 998-ton tanker Solar 1 have gone down to “less than 10 liters of oil per day, as against the estimated 500 liters per day” shortly after the ship sank in the deep waters south of Guimaras on August 11.

(Click Beyond Guimaras for the full editorial, Sept. 1, 2006.)

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