Another Petron disaster-in-the-making

Feature story - November 21, 2006
They say that ‘lightning never strikes twice in the same place,’ but such may be an understatement in the case of Petron.

A group of local fisherman from BrgyTando Village collect oil from beaches by hand. The oil spilled from the Petron-chartered single hull vessel oil tanker in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island Philippines which sank on Friday 11th August spilling 2.1 million litres of fuel oil causing a huge slick.

It is not too long ago, when the Petron-chartered MV Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras spilling 2.1 million litres of fuel oil causing a huge slick that many have described as the worst in the country.

To start with such an unusual event is deemed to never occur twice under the same circumstances, but the recent news the sinking of a Petron-contracted barge which was carrying sacks of oil debris from Guimaras1, seems to bend the laws of probability to its limits as the coast of Misamis Occidental is threatened with the same oil that has and continues to devastate the province of Guimaras.

Last night, the barge Harbor Star was carrying 59,000 sacks of oil debris from Guimaras and was bound for the Holcim Plant in Lugait, Misamis Oriental when it encountered strong waves, causing it to sink four nautical miles from Plaridel around 11:10 p.m.2

"Whether this latest incident is due to  gross negligence or plain stupidity, Petron must be held accountable by the Philippine government to the fullest extent of the law. Petron has yet to fully answer for its disastrous oil spill in Guimaras, but  here it is  again with another environmental disaster in the making. This is truly deplorable, and betrays once again Petron's serious lack of diligence in ensuring that the company's operations are safe and secure"

Greenpeace Toxics campaigner

Beau Baconguis

As of now, a lot still remains to be answered with regards to this new development in the Petron-oil spill. But whether this most recent incident is caused by gross negligence or plain stupidity, the Philippine government must be hold Petron accountable to the fullest extent of the law.

Petron has yet to fully answer for its disastrous oil spill in Guimaras, but here it is again with another environmental disaster in the making. This is truly deplorable, and betrays once again Petron's serious lack of diligence in ensuring that the company's operations are safe and secure.

notes: 1) http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryID=56971 2)http://newsinfo.inq7.net/breakingnews/metroregions/view_article.php?article_id=33918

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