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PTT oil slick spreads to Koh Samet beachfront

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PTT oil slick spreads to Koh Samet
By English News

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RAYONG, July 29 -- Oil leakage from a PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) pipeline has grown and spread onto Koh Samet's Phrao Bay in the eastern province of Rayong, with 600 metres of one of Thailand's most popular tourist-attracting beachfronts hit with sticky crude oil.

Puchong Saritdeechaikul, director of the local Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Center, said a conservation network informed the center that the oil leakage reached the Phrao Bay beach at 7pm last night.

By 10pm, 600 metres of Phrao Bay beach was oil-covered, with an oil slick 20-30 cm thick floating some 20 metres from the beach. At about 200 metres from shore, a thinner film of oil spread around the bay.

Rayong governor Vichit Chatphaisit this morning ordered agencies concerned including the local Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Center and Khao Laem Ya/Mu Ko Samet National Park to urgently clean up the beach and contain the oil slick to prevent spread to other bays.

Tourists reportedly began leaving Phrao Bay early this morning as they could not swim due to the spill.

The oil slick developed Saturday morning when approximately 50 tonnes (50,000 litres) of crude oil leaked from a PTTGC pipeline, spilling into the sea off Rayong, some 20 kilometres southeast of the Map Ta Phut industrial estate. (MCOT online news)

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-- TNA 2013-07-29

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Oh dear. How horrible for all the marine life. Not to mention I am due to go there in 2 weeks time sad.png

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Really lovely beaches there ruin by pure incompetence, just bury your heads in the sand TITsad.png

All that's going on this week---and they are in Africa, this oil was leaking before the trip abroad.

Also is all the TAT committee that usually sit in posh hotels drumming up the next ridiculous statement, Will they be out there digging the oil slick off the beach. Guessing some will be on the Africa trip.

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It was not a question of if that would ever happen but when it will happen. Now it happened sooner than later...

Do they have the right equipment to deal with this? As this is Thailand I guess they never ever expected this to happen and are not prepared...

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Although some sheen and particles may hit beaches, this incident could have been far worse, but the companies in that area train together for this and were prepared. Anyone with industry experience knows this spill was managed swiftly and thoroughly.

WAS managed swiftly and thoroughly ????? Then how has it reached Samet ??? suppose it could have been far worse it COULD have spread to Samui HaHa

Some sheen and particles---we will see.

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How could we expect anything different? TIT and certainly the response to this oil spill was far from adequate and authorities not prepared. What a shame. MS.

No, we couldn't expect anything different when, re-action is the name of the game "not pro-action" coffee1.gif

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Interesting. With the exception of Philip, we have the usual chorus of "TIT" etc that forms the background music to ThaiVisa. One person after another saying that this event was due to incompetence (based on the apparent assumption that every bad thing that happens here is due to corruption or incompetence). I Googled the news on this spill and was unable to find anything suggesting that this event was somehow unique to Thailand or that it was a result of egregious incompetence or that it was being handled especially poorly. Unfortunately, spills happen everywhere, including industrialised nations ... just ask our American friends.

Thanks to Philip for sharing what appears to be a more informed and unbiased view...

guess its because most things that go wrong here are based on incompetence so its a general assumption, but to early to blame anybody yet. Great shame but always a possibility wheres there is oil pipelines.

How they deal with it is the real test of comeptancy

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