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Mar favors oil siphoning from sunken tanker

September 18, 2006

By Danny B. Dangcalan

FOR Senator Mar Roxas, siphoning the remaining bunker fuel from the sunken tanker is the best and safest option to contain the oil spill.

Roxas, who visited Bacolod City on Saturday, said all other options are risky and could pose more damage to marine ecology.

The National Government earlier considered three options to contain the remaining oil from the tanker: siphon the oil through the use of high-tech pipes, re-float the tanker using a salvage vessel, or entomb the sunken vessel by cementing it so as not to cause further leakage.

Roxas, speaking from his experience as a scuba diver, said the re-floating option is dangerous as the structural pressure changes in the process of lifting the vessel.

“If the vessel breaks due to this pressure, the remaining bunker fuel would leak, thereby posing greater damage to the marine resources,” he said.

(For the full story, click Sunstar, Sept. 18, 2006.)

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