• Coast Guard readies raps against Petron, shipping company for obstructing investigation on Cavite oil spill

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    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is preparing appropriate charges against Petron Corporation and the owners of MT Makisig of Herna Shipping Transport Corporation after both refused to allow authorities get oil samples to determine the root cause of the oil spill in Cavite.

    Commander Joel Garcia, PCG marine environment protection command chief, said obstruction of justice charges are being readied against the two companies after they disallowed the Coast Guard to gather oil samples from their facilities to compare with the ones that spilled in the seawater of Cavite.

    “We will file obstruction of justice dahil hindi nga po pinayagan ng Petron at ng barko ang ating Coast Guard personnel nung sila ay kumukuha na ng samples ng langis upang malaman natin sa ating laboratoryo kung ito ay galing sa Petron terminal o doon sa barko,” Garcia said.

    He said the two companies did not also allow the PCG personnel to dive and examine their pipeline to determine if there are leaks which my have caused the oil spill.

    Garcia said more than 5,000 liters of oil were spilled which is affecting the coastal towns of Cavite, including Rosario, Ternate, Naic, and Tanza.

    Normally, he said, diesel fuel evaporates as it mixes with seawater but in this case the orange color observed in the water indicates that the spill could reach 220 parts per million which is indicative that the spill could have been caused by more than 5,000 liters in volume. The normal oil sheen is five parts per million.

    He added the oil spill has spread in a 15×20-square kilometer area. PNA

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