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Thailand deploys ship to contain second oil leak

February 10, 2022

Two weeks after a spill in the submarine pipeline in the region damaged coastal areas and marine life, officials said a ship was deployed in Thailand on Thursday to contain fresh oil spilled from the east coast. rice field.

A pipeline owned by the Star Petroleum Refining Public Company (SPRC) caused a leak on January 26, ejecting an estimated 47,100-55,000 liters (12,443-14,529 gallons) of oil into the sea.

The patch was applied within a day, but not before the beach area of ​​Rayon was damaged and the shallow corals were threatened.

The same pipeline on Thursday spilled an additional 5,000 liters (1,321 gallons) of oil, and the cause of the spill was being investigated, Attapon Charo Enchansa, director of pollution control, told reporters.

In the current tide conditions, recent spills are unlikely to reach the coastline, said Pilun Henmarak, Deputy Governor of the State of Rayon.

The SPRC said it is working with authorities to contain the spill.

On the east coast, there are several beach destinations that are popular with foreign tourists. Due to recent strict immigration restrictions and quarantine relaxation, the number of visitors in Thailand is steadily increasing, causing spills.

(Report by Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat; edited by Kanupriya Kapoor)

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