Gov’t sees okay for Solar I oil siphoning by Oct. 23

October 13, 2006

DEFENSE Secretary and Task Force Guimaras chair Avelino Cruz expressed optimism Friday that the International Oil Pollution Compensation (IOPC) would finally approve the proposed siphoning of oil from the sunken tanker M/T Solar I before the month ends.

Cruz told reporters that the government expects to get the go-signal from the IOPC executive committee on October 23 to start taking out bunker oil still contained in the ill-fated vessel.

“We have started preparations two weeks ago and the actual siphoning will take about 30 to 45 days,” Cruz said.

Cruz had earlier announced that the government expected the IOPC to give its nod to the proposed siphoning early October.

Last September 12, IOPC representative Joel Nichols had said they are set to discuss the proposal and will let the Philippine government know about their decision in a week.

(For the full story, click GMA News TV, Oct. 13, 2006.)


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