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the Phillippines worst oil spill could ravage fisheries and other coastal resources.oil from the sunken tanker the Solar 1,is spreading to fishing and living areas along the coast.the Solar 1 was carrying about 2million Lt of fuel oil when she sank,british oil experts are on the way to the Phillippines to acess the situation

Bilge Rat
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where about Dom, hope it dont come ashor near my favorite white sand beaches mate

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states,in Guimaras hard hit La Paz village,also nearby Taclong island a marine reserve /it used to be known as a paradise island,now its a black paradise. dom

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From ABS-CBN Interactive -

More oil escapes from tanker

Local residents and marine scientiest from the University of the Philippines Visayas install an improvised oil-spill boom made of bamboo, sacks and hay on the breakwater in Nueva Valencia in Guimaras.

The sunken tanker, which caused the country’s worst oil spill, began leaking more fuel on Tuesday, the Coast Guard said.

With cleanup crews already losing the race to contain the massive slick that has washed sludge and dead fish onto hundreds of kilometers of coastline, reports of a new leak raised fears the disaster could worsen.

But the company that chartered the doomed Solar 1, sitting on the seabed with 450,000 gallons of oil still onboard, denied the claims of the Coast Guard which said a new leak had sprung overnight.

Japan and Indonesia have offered to help their neighbor deal with the disaster. Tokyo sent a small team of experts Tuesday to assess the damage and provide advice on the cleanup.

"It’s definite that there is a leak," the Coast Guard chief, Vice Adm. Arturo Gosingan, said. He said the oil was "probably" coming out at 200 liters, or slightly more than 50 gallons, an hour.

The Office of the Civil Defense said the spill had now spread over some 300 kilometers of coastline on Guimaras Island and was now threatening the islands of Negros and Panay.

Widespread devastation

The ship went down in bad weather off Guimaras on August 11, spewing oil that has devastated beaches, reefs and marine reserves. Two of the crew are missing.

Only one of the ship’s 10 compartments is known to have burst so far, emptying its 50,000 gallons of industrial fuel oil into the sea.

The slick—now a semisolid black gel—has killed marine life and strangled mangrove forest. Rotting fish litter the beaches where villagers are using shovels to scoop up the chunks of oily muck.

In Negros and Panay villagers were erecting crude booms off beaches to hold back the sludge.

Gosingan said Petron has been handed a bill for P100 million for the initial cleanup.

Virginia Ruivivar, spokesman for Petron Corp., denied there had been any more oil seeping out of the stricken vessel, which is around 3,000 feet underwater.

She said that under international conventions, "the spiller pays" while noting that the tanker’s owners are a small company and did not have the resources to pay up front.

Race against time

Because the authorities are unsure whether to try and refloat the tanker or suck out the remaining fuel, there is a race against time amid fears the water pressure could burst the remaining compartments at any time.

Petron said it was consulting marine contractors on which option would be best but gave no timetable for a decision.

Gosingan confirmed the Japanese offer and added that the Coast Guard has an understanding with its Indonesian counterpart on joint cooperation in maritime problems.

Greenpeace, which last week called the situation a "ticking time bomb," warned the government Tuesday to prepare for long-term damage over a wide area.

"The impact of this oil spill on the environment will linger for years, even decades. The government must learn from this disaster," it said.

Julian Amador, director for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Western Visayas, stressed the need to refloat the tanker before it leaks more oil. "We do not want a larger disaster happening again," he said.

"What has effused is merely 200,000 to 300,000 liters of oil and we have seen how much damage this has created. We do not know how much the leakage of the 1.7 million liters would create," he said.

Task Force Guimaras

In Malacañan President Arroyo ordered the creation of a task force to oversee and monitor the cleanup and the retrieval of the tanker.

Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz Jr. said the President had tapped the National Disaster Coordinating Council to lead the task force, made up of the Coast Guard and the environment, transportation and energy departments.

Cruz said the Coast Guard would focus on refloating the tanker and on determining the liability of the ship owner and Petron.

Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza, who attended the Palace briefing, said a Special Board of Marine Inquiry would convene Wednesday.

He said the Coast Guard has hired five vessels to work with privately owned boats that have volunteered to help contain the spill.

Environment Secretary Angelo Reyes said the representatives from the US Coast Guard were expected to arrive on Wednesday to help salvage the sunken ship.

Oil-eating bacteria

Sen. Richard Gordon, who is also chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said the agency was providing local residents involved in containing the spill with thousands of gloves and boots.

Reyes said the task force was also studying the possibility of using oil-eating bacteria in the cleanup. He said such a technique had been effective on oil slicks in Kuwait and India.

Two vessels of the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority were tracking the spill but the government would need international help because NAMRIA’s ships have no side scanning sonar.

More and more congressmen were pressing for an inquiry into the oil spill.

Rep. Monico Puentevella of Bacolod City on Tuesday filed House Resolution 1347 directing the House Committee on Transportation and Communication to conduct an investigation.

Puentevella noted that the environment department and other agencies have yet to determine accountability for the tragedy.

"Although [Petron] continued to support the cleanup, Congress must investigate the ultimate cause attending the accident to the end that remedial measures be taken to prevent its recurrence and ensure safety in navigation," Puentevella said in the resolution.

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