500,000 liter spilled diesel turn Manila Bay red

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Manila dieselHalf a million liters of diesel on August 9 leaked into Manila Bay, the busiest waterway in Northern Philippines, shutting down parts of the Philippine capital’s vital fishing industry and jeopardising the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay’s coast.

A fuel tanker is suspected of having dumped the huge amount of diesel into the bay on August 8. The 300-square-kilometer slick was drifting toward the mouth of the bay. About 20 kilometers of coastline near Manila has been affected.

Dead fish floated on the water and some residents fell ill from the fumes, while the price of fish and shellfish on the markets collapsed. 40,000 people dependent on the fishing and shellfish industry in the bay were temporarily without jobs.

Authorities said coastguard divers found a leaking underwater fuel pipe that leads to the jetty of the Rosario oil terminal, owned by Philippine refiner Petron Corp. However, in a statement issued on Facebook, Petron insisted its pipeline was intact. Police is now investigating if the tanker, owned by Herma Shipping and Transport Corp, could have unloaded the diesel after docking the terminal.

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Half a million liters of diesel on August 9 leaked into Manila Bay, the busiest waterway in Northern Philippines, shutting down parts of the Philippine capital’s vital fishing industry and jeopardising the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay’s coast.

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Manila dieselHalf a million liters of diesel on August 9 leaked into Manila Bay, the busiest waterway in Northern Philippines, shutting down parts of the Philippine capital’s vital fishing industry and jeopardising the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people living along Manila Bay’s coast.

A fuel tanker is suspected of having dumped the huge amount of diesel into the bay on August 8. The 300-square-kilometer slick was drifting toward the mouth of the bay. About 20 kilometers of coastline near Manila has been affected.

Dead fish floated on the water and some residents fell ill from the fumes, while the price of fish and shellfish on the markets collapsed. 40,000 people dependent on the fishing and shellfish industry in the bay were temporarily without jobs.

Authorities said coastguard divers found a leaking underwater fuel pipe that leads to the jetty of the Rosario oil terminal, owned by Philippine refiner Petron Corp. However, in a statement issued on Facebook, Petron insisted its pipeline was intact. Police is now investigating if the tanker, owned by Herma Shipping and Transport Corp, could have unloaded the diesel after docking the terminal.

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