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Solar I siphon efforts to begin in 4 weeks, DND chief says

September 25, 2006

THE government expects to begin operations to siphon off the remaining oil inside the sunken tanker MT Solar I in about four weeks time, Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz Jr said Monday.

Cruz, head of Task Force Guimaras, said involved government agencies were able to arrive at this schedule after speaking with representatives of the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) Fund.

“The director of the IOPC fund has recommended to the executive committee of the IOPC fund that they approve the compensation of the siphoning of the oil from the sunken vessel,” Cruz said.

The defense chief expressed optimism that the siphoning will begin “on the third week of October” when the IOPC executive committee takes up the matter.

He added that, “They (IOPC officials) have estimated the cost and because of the amount of oil still in the sunken vessel, plus the fact that that area is in an earthquake fault line.”

(For the full story, click Siphoning in 4 weeks, Sept. 25, 2006.)

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