Black coral near Koh Samed
Besides the apparent cover ups by the government
or the amount of miss informion
and the fact the spill is probably bigger than it looks
, there's also the obvious environmental concern and the potential damage done to the regional reefs and coral.
Here's sample of an official qoute; Some state officials and PTTGC executives earlier downplayed the effect of the spill. The company's chairman, Prasert Bunsamphan, reportedly said that 50,000 litres of spilled oil was equal to half the volume carried by an oil tanker truck, "which is not much". A PTTGC vice-president, Pornthep Butrsamphan, was quoted as saying he expected no effect on marine life because "oil is a natural substance that is degradable, although it will take some time".
Sand that seems to have black parts near Koh Samed
English written newspaper The Nation now came with first reports
and pictures of marine divers actually diving the affected area. The pictures can be seen in this post and don't look too promising!
Divers near Koh Samed in the oily water
The spill is now drifting towards the mainland and may threaten a 100 rai area of stag horn and giant clam coral reefs surrounding Kudee island.
Environmental groups have concerns about the chemicals being used and the effect they may have have on the environment.
Let's cross our fingers and hope the impact on the marine life and underwater world won't be too devastating, but I have my doubts.
Labels: Koh Samed, Reef