Antique mangroves dying almost 2 yrs after oil spill

October 24, 2007

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, 10/23/2007

ILOILO CITY, Philippines — Mangroves continue to die on Antique province’s Semirara Island, almost two years after a massive oil spill hit there.

A survey conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office in Western Visayas shows 895 mangrove trees in a 45.84-hectare area have died. The number of dead mangroves in Semirara is more than the 662 reported on Guimaras Island, where a massive oil spill occurred in 2006.

The Semirara survey was conducted from January 14-20, 2007, but the results were released only October 18.

(Read the rest at Antique mangroves.)


One comment

  1. Guimaras has a spot in my heart.i fell in love with the island the first time my toes touched its immaculate sands.i was devastated when i heard the oil spill.i would like to know if it’s already open to tourists or for anybody who just wants to take a dip.

    how’s the government responding on this issue?are they doing anything to clean the spill?how about the oil company?are they doing anything?

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