Major oil spill in Thailand threatens tourism

oil spill RayongAround 50,000 tonnes of crude oil leaking from a burst pipeline close to Thailand’s southeastern industrial estate of Map Ta Phut have spilled into the sea on July 27, threatening a nearby major tourist beach.

The oil leaked from PTT Global Chemical Plc’s pipeline. A company spokesman said it was possible that some of the oil could reach Mae Ramphung Beach, a popular tourist site in Muang Rayong district.

The oil spill is about 800 meters wide and 2.5 kilometers long authorities said, adding that “30 to 40 per cent” have already been cleaned up overnight. However, ecologists said that the spill could have a serious impact on the marine environment as it will take at least a week to remove all.

Four ships were deployed to spray about 35,000 liters of oil-spill dispersants to clean up the slick on the sea surface, PTT Global Chemical said, adding that it would make sure that “tourists and fishermen who live nearby would not be affected.”

But in fact, the wind on July 28 was blowing towards the shore of Rayong which increased the possibility of the oil reaching beaches there.

The main beach of Mae Ram Phung Beach is a 12-kilometer long white sandy beach on the mainland used by locals and wind surfers.



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Around 50,000 tonnes of crude oil leaking from a burst pipeline close to Thailand's southeastern industrial estate of Map Ta Phut have spilled into the sea on July 27, threatening a nearby major tourist beach. The oil leaked from PTT Global Chemical Plc's pipeline. A company spokesman said it was possible that some of the oil could reach Mae Ramphung Beach, a popular tourist site in Muang Rayong district. The oil spill is about 800 meters wide and 2.5 kilometers long authorities said, adding that "30 to 40 per cent" have already been cleaned up overnight. However, ecologists said that...

oil spill RayongAround 50,000 tonnes of crude oil leaking from a burst pipeline close to Thailand’s southeastern industrial estate of Map Ta Phut have spilled into the sea on July 27, threatening a nearby major tourist beach.

The oil leaked from PTT Global Chemical Plc’s pipeline. A company spokesman said it was possible that some of the oil could reach Mae Ramphung Beach, a popular tourist site in Muang Rayong district.

The oil spill is about 800 meters wide and 2.5 kilometers long authorities said, adding that “30 to 40 per cent” have already been cleaned up overnight. However, ecologists said that the spill could have a serious impact on the marine environment as it will take at least a week to remove all.

Four ships were deployed to spray about 35,000 liters of oil-spill dispersants to clean up the slick on the sea surface, PTT Global Chemical said, adding that it would make sure that “tourists and fishermen who live nearby would not be affected.”

But in fact, the wind on July 28 was blowing towards the shore of Rayong which increased the possibility of the oil reaching beaches there.

The main beach of Mae Ram Phung Beach is a 12-kilometer long white sandy beach on the mainland used by locals and wind surfers.



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