Petron completes clean up of Cavite oil spill
MANILA - Oil refiner Petron Corp. said it has finished its clean-up operations in Cavite following a leak that started from its underwater pipeline.
In a statement, Petron corporate affairs chief Charmaine Canillas said 25 kilometers of shoreline have already been cleared of diesel through the help of volunteers from the local communities.
"All the activities we have been conducting such as clean-up operations, disbursement of compensation, distribution of food items, and other forms of assistance have been done under the guidance and direction of the local governments involved. We have been closely following the instructions of local officials, especially in our host community of Rosario, since they know the needs of their constituents better,” she said.
She added that the company will continue to monitor the water, soil and marine life quality in the area.
According to Canillas, water samples taken from affected areas have passed oil/grease and oxygen standards.
Earlier, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) has also declared marine life in Cavite safe for consumption.
The oil spill, which began almost two weeks ago, also reached the Manila Bay.
‘Shut down depot’
"Petron will continue to extend all the necessary assistance to ensure that the lives of those affected would return to normal in the soonest possible time," Canillas said in the statement.
Despite these developments, a group has called on the permanent closure of the Petron depot.
Close Petron Depot Movement spokesperson Emmanuel Asuncion said: "It is infuriating that instead of providing 'danyos' to compensate the damages caused by their negligence, Petron plans to give loans to
oil spill victims.”
The group wants Petron to give each family-victim P20,000 in cash and a six-month subsidy of rice and groceries to help them endure the economic damages of the oil spill.
The group is set to lead a demonstration on Monday from Rosario Plaza to the depot.