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Greenpeace returns barrel of bunker oil from Guimaras back to Petron

October 12, 2006

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Greenpeace activists in protective gear surprise Petron Corporation, as they deliver a container drum of spilt bunker oil from the shores of Guimaras to the doorsteps of its corporate headquarters in the financial district of Makati. Source: Greenpeace/Luis Liwanag

GREENPEACE surprised Petron Corporation yesterday morning by delivering a container drum of spilt bunker fuel gathered from the shores of Guimaras to the doorsteps of the company’s headquarters in Makati City. The move, Greenpeace says, is meant to highlight the company’s irresponsible lack of urgency in retrieving the remaining bunker fuel which continues to spill out from the sunken MT Solar 1 tanker chartered by the oil giant.

The drum was hand-carried by Greenpeace activists who wore protective gear used for handling hazardous materials. In Petron’s courtyard, Greenpeace volunteers laid down a banner with a replica of Petron’s logo and the words “Petron, stop the spill now!”. The banner was trod on by three other activists who left black footprints leading to Petron’s door, in their wake.

“From the start, Petron’s response to the spill has been extremely disappointing—initially even shunning responsibility for the spill. Up to now, they have failed to take urgent action on the pressing need to retrieve the rest of the sunken oil. Were Petron genuinely concerned about the well-being of Guimaras, its unfortunate residents, and the environment, they would have guaranteed the costs to immediately initiate the retrieval operation,” said Greenpeace Southeast Asia campaigner Beau Baconguis.

“But it seems that in an effort to now distance itself from financial responsibilities associated with the retrieval effort, Petron has been more preoccupied in downplaying the extreme urgency of the situation.

Sixty days after the oil spill, the responsible parties are still vacillating over the question of money—with little thought to the dangers the excruciating wait continues to pose on the environment and the well-being of people in the area.”

(For the full story, click Infoshop News.)

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MWAHAHAHAHA! Just fabulous you guys! Darn…wish I was there.

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