Oil spill blow to tourism on Koh Samet (video)

30th of July 2013 0

Oil spill blow to tourism on Koh Samet (video)

50,000 gallons of crude oil that pollute the beaches of Koh Samet hunt all the tourists on the island. Bookings are massively canceled. A severe blow to local tourism, especially since it is expected that it will take weeks to clean.

oil came Saturday in the sea by a leak in a pipeline from the Thai state PTTGC. By the strong wind and rough sea oil could spread rapidly. The Prao Bay has been declared a disaster area.

Doubts about the scale of the disaster

Environmental organizations doubted whether the ‘only’ is 50,000 liters of oil. In view of the thickness of the oil puddle it should go to a much larger quantity. It is expected that all beaches on Koh Samet will become contaminated and even the mainland of Thailand is at risk.

If the oil is not cleaned up, which will soon reach a strip of coral at Koh Kudee. The oil is there cause irreparable damage to the fragile environment, Thai officials warn. Also, the oil towards the mainland of Rayong province afloat. As a result, the local fisheries are in big trouble.


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