PHOTOS: 50 Tons of Crude Oil Spill onto Popular Tourist Destination in Thailand

July 31, 2013

Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province, one of the areas most affected by the oil spill. More than 50,000 liters of crude oil has spilt into the sea, 20 kilometers southeast of the Map Ta Phut industrial estate following a leak from a pipeline at an offshore platform. The pipeline is operated by PTT Global Chemical Public Company, a subsidiary of PTT Public Company Limited (the largest fossil fuel conglomerate in Thailand). Greenpeace is calling on the Thai government to review its energy policy and to put an end to oil drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Thailand.

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[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption] More than 50,000 liters of crude oil have leaked from a pipeline operated by the PTT Global Public Company, a subsidiary of PTT Public Company Limited (the largest fossil fuel conglomerate in Thailand). One of the areas most affected by the oil spill is a popular tourist destination, the Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. The area was secured as more than 300 workers attempted to clear the once beautiful beach of this black oil. According to Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal, this is the fourth major oil spill in the country's history. Greenpeace is calling on the Thai government to review its energy policy and to put an end to oil drilling and exploration in the Gulf of Thailand. This is just another example of why oil pipeline leaks are inevitable and sure to happen in the United States if the Keystone pipeline is approved and built. Tell President Obama the world doesn't need another oil spill. See more photos of the spill below: [caption id="attachment_19337" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19342" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_19343" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_19338" align="alignnone" width="600"]Black oil in pails collected from the shore that spilled through Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Black oil in pails collected from the shore that spilled through Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_19339" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rescue workers, local volunteers and PTT personnel attempt to clean up the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province. Rescue workers use pails to carry away the black oil that has collected from the shore that spilled through Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_19340" align="alignnone" width="600"]A dead fish at the site of the oil spill at Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province A dead fish after the oil spill on the Ao Phrao beach in Ko Samed, Rayong Province.[/caption]  

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