Petron: Affected areas almost clear of oil sheen

Posted at 08/11/2013 3:34 PM | Updated as of 08/11/2013 3:34 PM

MANILA -- Oil refiner Petron Corp. said sea and aerial surveys show almost no indication of an oil sheen that allegedly started in its depot in Cavite.

In a statement, Petron corporate affairs head Charmaine Canillas said: “Yesterday's seaborne and aerial surveys showed almost no indication of oil sheen. Today, we continue shore clean-ups in Rosario and Tanza.”

She said the firm has also engaged a third party to regularly check samples of soil, water and marine in the affected areas. “We are closely coordinating with government agencies such as Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to enhance our community assistance,” she said.

The oil spill began last Thursday after the M/T Makisig tanker unloaded the diesel in Petron’s depot. Herma Shipping and Transport, the owner of the tanker, said it has no liability in the incident.

Investigators will have to determine where the leak came from, which includes an inspection of Petron’s pipeline.

The oil spill has already affected the livelihood of fishermen in Cavirte. The local government estimates losses “running in the billions.”