Denis Foynes – A Thai company has apologized for an oil spill that damaged a popular tourist beach in the country.
PTT Global Chemical stated that around 50,000 litres of crude oil escaped into the sea on Saturday, about 20 kilometres off the coast of the eastern province of Rayong. Authorities have closed the bay as 300 workers attempt to remove the oil from the beach and the sea.
Tourists residing at Ao Phrao (Phrao Bay) on Thailand’s island of Koh Samet have been evacuated as the bay turned black from an oil spill over the weekend.
“The oil completely covered the beach when we woke up in the morning,” penned Tripadvisor reviewer Mat Jens about his curtailed stay at Lima Coco resort, one of the popular hotels in the area that has been closed.
“We rebooked to a hotel on Ko Chang and the personnel at Lima Coco were very helpful getting us there. We also got a voucher covering the days we paid in advance,” cponcluded Jens.
The extent of the damage to the local environment is still unclear. “The spill is definitely having an impact on the environment, but we have not detected any deaths of marine animals yet at this point,” provincial Governor Wichit Chatphaisit explained. “PTT will have to take responsibility for the damage this has caused.”