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Siphoning of oil to start December or January – DND

October 18, 2006

THE siphoning of oil from the sunken MT Solar I off Guimaras will begin in December or January yet, Philippine defense chief Avelino Cruz said Wednesday.

In an interview, Cruz said it would not be advisable to siphon off the oil earlier than December because there are still six weather disturbances to hit the Philippines according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa).

“That is their target…December (or) January, because the prediction of PAGASA is that there are six more typhoons coming this October and November. It’s not favorable if you siphon off the oil when there is (a) typhoon,” Cruz told reporters.

Cruz had earlier said the siphoning of the oil could start before October ends.

Cruz said the siphoning may take at least 30 to 45 days to be completed, although he could not say how much still remain from the tanker which carried about two million liters of oil before it sank August 11.

(For the full story, click GMA News TV, Oct. 18, 2006.)

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