Oil leak detected off Romblon, not Mindoro

September 5, 2007

AUTHORITIES on Wednesday clarified that an oil leak was detected in waters off the island-province of Romblon and not Mindoro Oriental as earlier reported.

Senior Superintendent Mario Velando, Romblon police director, said the incident happened Tuesday noon while a sunken vessel, M/V Mactan, off the island town of Concepcion was being salvaged by a company identified as Eduardo Calixto Enterprise.

A Coast Guard report said the “sheen of diesel oil” was sighted some 600 meters away from the shoreline of Concepcion, Romblon and was about 115 meters in length as of 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The Coast Guard report said the leak “is considered minimal” and that it can be “dispersed naturally through wave action and evaporation.”

It contradicted with an earlier Coast Guard report that it was investigating a possible oil spill off a town in Mindoro Oriental province.

Velando said the incident was detected in Barangay Masadya in Concepcion after the leak emitted an “offensive odor,” prompting the local government on Tuesday to immediately issue an order stopping the salvage operations until the leak was cleaned up or contained.

The Philippines experienced the worst oil spill in its history in August last year when the oil tanker Solar I sunk off the island-province of Guimaras. –GMANews.TV


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