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Oil spill still alarming, Negros governor says

October 4, 2006

From the Visayan Daily Star, Oct. 4, 2006

BACOLOD CITY – The report of the Coast Guard that oil spill continues to occur at the site where MT Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras is alarming, Gov. Joseph Marañon said yesterday.

Marañon was reacting to a letter of regional Coast Guard commander Luis Tuason Jr. Monday that a minimal amount of oil is continuously leaking at the sink site.

The MT Solar 1 carrying 2.1 million liters of Petron bunker fuel sank on Aug 11 causing an oil spill that has, so far, hit the shores of Guimaras and Iloilo. Even if the leak is minimal, it is still alarming because it means that the bunker fuel containers on MT Solar 1 have not been completely sealed and the leak could worsen, the governor said.

He said he hopes Task Force Guimaras comes up with a solution at the soonest possible time on the sunken tanker. He reiterated his call for a timetable to be set on when the fuel will be removed to eliminate the threat of larger and more damaging oil spills.

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