DENR chief twits experts’ study, says dispersants safe

September 25, 2006


CONTRARY to experts’ findings and an admission by the Coast Guard, Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes said Monday the government’s use of chemical dispersants to contain the oil spill in central Philippines was ecologically safe.

Reyes said the dispersants are applied in “deep waters” and therefore would not affect marine life usually found in shallow waters.

Reyes was interviewed after a briefing on the proposed P7.02-billion budget of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for next year.

“The apprehension on the concern that these dispersants would cause damage (to Guimaras’ marine life) is more of a perception than reality because the Coast Guard is applying these dispersants only in waters that have depths in excess of 100 feet,” said Reyes, a former military officer.

He said data from the regional office of the DENR indicate that “chemical dispersants would affect [the marine life] only if they are being used in deep waters. So there is no damage there.”

(For the full story, click DENR chief, Sept. 25, 2006.)


One comment

  1. ay ano ba talaga lola, ang gulo nila! sabay kabig kaagad…..smells fishy talaga.

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