Petron Corporation on Saturday said the oil spill off Rosario, Cavite, seems to be under control as the oil sheen over the affected area was “barely visible.”
In a statement, Petron said Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla also inspected the shoreline near the receiving facility of the Rosario depot and found “minimal oil sheen.”
“This morning, the oil sheen was barely visible. Governor Remulla also inspected the shoreline near the receiving facility of the Rosario depot and found minimal oil sheen, indicating that the situation is under control,” it said.
Despite this development, Petron said its oil spill response teams and a specialized oil spill response vessel are on standby and ready to assist.
It added it will look into the Philippine Coast Guard’s claims that the oil spill stemmed from a leak in its facility’s pipeline.
“We are employing divers to check on this report… By nature, diesel easily disperses such that any sheen would have thinned out,” it said.
The militant fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas earlier revived its call to shut down the Petron depot in Rosario.
In 2010, an oil spill affected the waters of Rosario after a submarine pipeline of Petron was damaged when hit by the anchor of a barge swept by wind and waves at the height of Typhoon “Basyang.”