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Oil spill task force still waiting for scientific analysis

December 18, 2006

ILOILO City – Task Force Solar I Oil Spill (TF SOS) Incident Commander and Presidential Assistant for Western Visayas Rafael Coscolluela said they are still waiting for the results of the scientific analysis conducted in Guimaras before they could issue a Clean Bill of Health certificate.

A sampling test was conducted by experts on sediments and water a month ago. The samples taken in the island were sent to Manila for a laboratory analysis.

“I know we can be a little too technical about this but the sentiment is, without scientific backing, we don’t have a basis for issuing a clean bill of health,” he explained.

“Although as per inspection, all indications showed that we could already issue,” he added.

Coscolluela hopes that within the week or next week, the result will be sent back here in Iloilo City.

He lamented the slow process but he said they have no option because there are no available laboratory facilities in the region to conduct rapid analysis. (Panay News, Dec. 18, 2006)

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