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NDCC: Oil still leaking from submerged vessel

September 9, 2007

DIESEL oil is still leaking from the a submerged vessel being salvaged off Romblon province, but it will not threaten a nearby marine reserve or the nearby environment.

The assurance came from a team led by the Coast Guard, which conducted a dialogue with residents of Concepcion town in Romblon following an inspection of the area.

“Diesel oil was still coming out from the source with an estimated rate of one-half liter per minute or less,” the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said in a report dated Friday but posted on its website (www.ndcc.gov.ph) Saturday evening.

It was referring to the M/V Mactan, which had been submerged off Maester de Campo Island for more than 30 years, and was being salvaged by Calixto Enterprises.

Last Tuesday afternoon, an oil spill was reported off Maestre de Campo Island, or 14.5 nautical miles southeast of Pinamalayan town in Oriental Mindoro.

A team from the Coast Guard conducted an aerial survey and found that the sheen came from the submerged craft.

But it said a check of the shoreline of Masadya village and Sitio Salinraban showed no traces of oil. It said the oil likely dissipated through evaporation and strong wave action.

“After completion of inspection the team conducted dialogue with the local officials of Concepcion and assured them that the oil spill will not threaten the marine reserve since it will not reach the shorelines,” it said.- GMANews.TV

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