Laguna Lake agency issues separate closure order on leaking fuel depot

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APART from the closure order imposed by the Manila city government, the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) has issued its separate cease and decease order against the operator of the private fuel depot in Pandacan that had spilled oil into the Pasig River.

LLDA General Manager Neric Acosta said the incident should also make the officials of Manila realize the danger posed by the depot to residents.

Acosta said the LLDA order was issued by the agency to make sure that the depot operator, Larraine’s Marketing, will not able to continue operation until it complies with environmental policies.

|The LLDA has jurisdiction over the Pasig River, which feeds Laguna Lake.


Acosta, who is also the presidential adviser on environmental concerns, said it is clear that Larraine violated the law because it doesn’t have a permit to discharge as well as clearance from the LLDA.

“Even if the company was able secure a business permit, it doesn’t have clearance from the LLDA,” Acosta said.

The city government on Wednesday shut down the depot around 1,500 liters of used bunker fuel leaked from one of its tanks and into the Pasig.

Acosta said the agency would also be filling criminal and administrative cases against the depot operator for violating Republic Act 9275 or the Clean Water Act.

Larraine will also be ordered to pay a fine of P10,000 to P200,000 per day until it is able to comply with regulations.

There were several attempts to transfer the Pandacan oil depot, but the government of Manila particularly Mayor Alfredo Lim had rejected the proposal twice.

Mayor-elect Joseph Estrada, on the other hand had already, is said to support the transfer.

JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA

 

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