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Oil booms from sunken barge drift to Misamis Occidental City

November 22, 2006

By Grace Cantal-Albasin
Inquirer, Nov. 22, 2006

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – (UPDATE) Three plastic bags full of oil-soaked booms have been found floating off Oroquieta City, some 30 kilometers from Plaridel town, Misamis Occidental province where a barge carrying debris from the Guimaras oil spill sank on Monday evening, officials said Wednesday.

The booms were spotted even as local authorities had deployed teams to Plaridel to see if they could retrieve the barge which had sunk 600 feet into the sea.

The booms, measuring three meters long and six inches wide, were made up of materials similar to those of baby diapers.

Authorities said the discovery of the floating booms could indicate that the ropes holding the sacks of debris in the sunken barge may have come loose.

The barge, Ras – carrying 56,649 sacks of sludge and debris weighing a total of 750 metric tons – was being towed to the Holcim cement plant in Lugait, Misamis Oriental when it sank two miles off Polo Point in Plaridel town. The sludge and debris were supposed to be incinerated at the plant.

(Click Oil booms for the rest of the story.)

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