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More news on the CSR flunkie

October 11, 2006

Asia-Pacific:
Philippines fuel spill – Trouble on oiled waters
By Lala Rimando

The foundering of an oil tanker in Phillippine waters has once again exposed how ill-prepared companies and governments are for such an environmental disaster.

When bad weather caused Solar 1, a tanker carrying 2.4 million litres of bunker oil, to sink near Guimaras Island in August, the environmental disaster it triggered was beyond anyone in the Philippines was prepared for.

About 500,000 litres of industrial oil spilled into the sea within five days of the accident.

But it took more than a week for Petron, the Philippine-Saudi company that chartered the ill-fated vessel, to progress beyond sending company volunteers and hiring locals to sweep the beach fronts and install booms in a futile attempt to protect fish stocks.

Neither Petron nor the Philippines government had the resources to manage a catastrophe as big as this.

(For the full story, click Ethical Corp., Oct. 11, 2006. See sidebar for related Petron CSR link.)

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