Romblon oil leak: Firm suspended, probed
09/06/2007 | 08:08 AM
The Coast Guard has suspended and placed under investigation a salvaging firm for a “minor” oil spill that took place off Romblon province in Southern Luzon Tuesday afternoon.
Radio dzBB reported Thursday that the Coast Guard suspended the permit of the firm, initially identified as Calixtro Salvage Co., which was recovering the sunken M/V Mactan.
Lieutenant Senior Grade Armand Balilo, Coast Guard spokesman, said they will also investigate reports that the salvage firm was using dynamite when it tried to recover the sunken vessel.
The M/V Mactan sank 30 years ago. Initial reports reaching the Coast Guard indicated that the oil may have originated from the vessel.
The National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) said late Wednesday that the oil spill was reported 5 p.m. Tuesday off Maestre de Campo Island off Romblon province.
The NDCC report said the spill was 14.5 nautical miles southeast of Pinamalayan town in Oriental Mindoro.
It said the sheen of diesel oil was sighted from the shoreline of Maestre de Campo Island in Romblon, about 115 meters and 0.6 km from shoreline.
“Based on this information, the spill is considered minimal and can be dispersed naturally through wave action and evaporation,” it said.
However, it said marine environmental protection unit equipment was still alerted for possible deployment.