DENR slaps notice of violation to AC Energy on Iloilo oil spill

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2020 04:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2020 04:54 PM

An aerial photo taken today showing PB101 and the surrounding waters on July 7. Handout

MANILA - The Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Wednesday it issued a notice of violation against AC Energy following an oil spill from its power barge in Iloilo.

The barge located at Barrio Obrero, Iloilo City has an estimated capacity of 200,000 liters of bunker fuel. An explosion caused the leak, AC Energy said. The root cause is still being investigated.

The notice of violation stated that the company has violated the provisions of DAO 2005-10, the IRR of Republic Act 9275 otherwise known as "The Philippine Clean Water Act," the DENR said.

Discharging, depositing or causing deposited material of any kind directly of indirectly into the bodies of water are also prohibited under the law.

AC Energy Inc., is required to explain in writing why they should not be penalized, why no order should be issued against them. The company's failure to submit an explanation to DENR will be interpreted as a waiver of their right to be heard, it said.

In a separate statement released Wednesday, AC Energy said it would respond in "due course" to the show cause letter sent by the Environment Department.

"In relation to the show cause letter that we received from the DENR, we will respond in due course, and we will fully cooperate with its efforts and comply with its requirements," AC Energy said. 

"We will continue to do everything in our power to mitigate the environmental impact of the spill and address all concerns in a responsible manner," it added. 

The Pollution Adjudication Board will also investigate "and come up with the fines and penalties," Department of Environment and Natural Resources Usec. Benny Antiporda told ABS-CBN News.

Industry partners, local community, government agencies and third party experts were also tapped to help mitigate the impact, AC Energy said.

The cleanup could last up to 15 days, it said earlier.

-- with reports from Bettina Magsaysay and Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News