Oil spills into Manila’s main waterway

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oil spillAlready the source of as much stinking odors as foul derision, Manila’s Pasig River now has to deal with an oil spill.

An oil depot spilled some 15,000 liters of oil into the main river of the Philippine capital on early morning June 23 when a faulty pipe burst, releasing its contents into the already polluted waterway.

Authorities have said that the warehouse, owned by L&M Merchandising, has failed to obtain necessary permits to store the oil. It was later found that the pipe was covered with plastic in a hasty effort to repair it.

The spill could be smelled as far as Malacanang Palace, the home of the office of the Philippines.

Residents living in the affected riverside areas panicked, thinking that there was a gas leak, the cause of an explosion in an upscale Manila neighbourhood recently.

Reports late on June 24 confirmed that the leak had been contained.

According to Gilbert Selestino, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, the situation is now under control and they have closed the valve in the tank that led to the oil spill.

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Already the source of as much stinking odors as foul derision, Manila’s Pasig River now has to deal with an oil spill.

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oil spillAlready the source of as much stinking odors as foul derision, Manila’s Pasig River now has to deal with an oil spill.

An oil depot spilled some 15,000 liters of oil into the main river of the Philippine capital on early morning June 23 when a faulty pipe burst, releasing its contents into the already polluted waterway.

Authorities have said that the warehouse, owned by L&M Merchandising, has failed to obtain necessary permits to store the oil. It was later found that the pipe was covered with plastic in a hasty effort to repair it.

The spill could be smelled as far as Malacanang Palace, the home of the office of the Philippines.

Residents living in the affected riverside areas panicked, thinking that there was a gas leak, the cause of an explosion in an upscale Manila neighbourhood recently.

Reports late on June 24 confirmed that the leak had been contained.

According to Gilbert Selestino, head of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, the situation is now under control and they have closed the valve in the tank that led to the oil spill.

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