A HIGH-ranking official of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) based in Poro Point on Tuesday said the oil spill from a coal-fired power plant in Sual, Pangasinan has been contained.
In a telephone interview, PCG Northern District Commander Capt. Pablo Gonzales down-played the spill saying that it was caused by a leaked pipeline of the Energy Power Plant which was bunker oil-fed.
“We are still conducting an investigation. The outcome may decide whether we penalize the Energy Power Plant or file charges against them,” said Gonzales. He, however, said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources has the main jurisdiction over the issue.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has yet to receive a report if fishponds were affected.
BFAR staff Fema Guerrero said there are reports that about 700 fishponds in the vicinity could be greatly affected by the oil spill.
Gonzales said the oil spill, particularly in Barangay Pangascasan, is “very minimal” as the use of spill booms was not employed.
It was learned that about 20 drums or 4,000 liters of heavy fuel oil (HFO) came from a leak from the Sual plant’s pipeline which was released to the cooling system outfall.
PCG’s Special Operations Unit Northwestern Luzon learned about the incident through a report of the Sual Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council office.