Satellite photo shows oil cleared so far
A satellite photo taken by the Geo-Informatics and Space Development Agency (GISTDA) at 6am on Thursday shows the surface area of the oil spill off the eastern province of Rayong had shrunk from 9 to 5 square kilometres.
- Published: 1/08/2013 at 03:42 PM
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The agency said the reduction in the size of the slick means that leaked oil will not reach Koh Kangkao, Koh Kham, and Koh Kuti islands.
An admitted 50,000 litres of crude oil was spilt into the sea from an offshore pipeline at a refinery operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) in Map Ta Phut industrial estate in Rayong province early on July 27. Navy soldiers and company workers have been struggling to contain it, despite reporting early success in controlling the slick.
GISTDA said on its website that there appears to be some oil along the coast near Ao Pae and Laem Ya cape. Its ground team is working to determine where the oil came from.
The agency added that oil in the water off the Ao Phrao tourist beach on Koh Samet has diluted, claiming that almost 80% of the oil on the beach has been sponged out.
Meanwhile, the National Park of Leam Ya Hill Samet archipelago is to press charges against PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) for violating an act that protects local stones, soil, and sand, after officials discovered oil slicks on coral reefs in the area.
Chief of the national park, Sumet Saithong, said the oil slicks will be tested to see whether they are harmful to coral.
A comparison of satellite images shows how the concentration of the oil slick has decreased. (GISTDA images)
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