Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pagudpud oil spill reaches seashore

PAGUDPUD, Philippines - Around 5,000 liters of bunker oil that leaked from a ship that was grounded along the coastal waters of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte have already reached the town’s seashore, the Coast Guard said on Wednesday.The spill from MV Namyang 8 has reached Barangay Balaoi according to maritime authorities and the Coast Guard estimated the spill has affected a 2-nautical-mile area. To prevent more damage, the authorities placed oil spill booms around the site in which the spilled oil will be removed through suction equipment designed for such emergencies. The Coast Guard expects the oil to be removed within a week if the weather clears. Some fishermen living in the area, meanwhile, expressed fears regarding the incident. They believe that the spill may affect their livelihood. The South Korean cargo vessel, which was grounded during typhoon Juan’s onslaught is currently 0.5 nautical miles from the shoreline of Pagudpud.