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Oil slick detected in El Nido

October 31, 2006

By Jofelle Tesorio
Inquirer, Oct. 30, 2006

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – Sporadic signs of oil slick have reportedly alarmed tourists in the town of El Nido, north of Palawan.

Due to fears residue from the Guimaras oil spill might have reached mainland Palawan’s northern tip, the El Nido Tourism Council and the town’s local government immediately asked help from the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD), an environment body in the province.

Visitors to Intatula beach in the town reported that when they stepped on the sand, there were traces of oil on their feet.

El Nido tourism officer Arvin Acosta informed the PCSD district office about the suspected presence of an oil slick in the area and sent a sample of suspected oil sludge to the environmental monitoring agency for proper verification.

The municipal government of El Nido has also sent a sample to the PCSD Manila office for testing in a certified chemical laboratory.

The PCSD immediately dispatched a technical team to El Nido town last October 26 to check and study the presence of the oil slick.

Signs of a suspected oil slick were reportedly first noticed on October 9 by residents who ply Bacuit and Corong bays. At the time, residents hoped the oil would eventually disappear and did not immediately report the sightings.

(For the full story, click El Nido.)

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