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Barge full of oil debris sinks off Misamis Occidental

November 22, 2006

By Lizanilla J. Amarga and Richel V. Umel
Sunstar, Nov. 22, 2006

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — A barge carrying oil-soaked debris from cleanup efforts in Guimaras sank at around 9 p.m. Monday off a coastal town in Misamis Occidental, the regional Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported Tuesday.

Misamis Occidental Governor Loreto Ocampos and OCD regional director Salvador Estudillo immediately deployed rescue officers to the affected coastal area to assess the situation and do some “damage control.”

Already, environmental groups Partido Kalikasan and Task Force Macajalar led by lawyer Manuel Ravanera said they will conduct an “independent investigation” on the incident, as it seems to be a “double kill on the environment, first in Guimaras and now in Pangil Bay and nearby areas.”

Petron Health, Safety and Environment Manager Carlos Tan said “they are taking charge of the incident.” Petron hired the barge to ferry debris collected from the oil spill in Guimaras.

He said several teams are monitoring the area and the Waterborne Industry Spill Equipment (Wise) had been mobilized to deal with the contingency.

(For the full story, click Sunstar.)

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