ZAMBOANGA CITY- An oil spill has affected parts of the shoreline of the Sangali port area.
The spill, seen Saturday, was detected to have come from one of the old pipelines of the Western Mindanao Power Corporation (WMPC) which has been operating a bunker-fueled power plant in the city.
Dennis Aguilar, safety officer of WMPC said the leak was due to wear and tear of the pipe, which has not been replaced for nearly 20 years. The leak however was also immediately fixed with specialized rubber and clamps.
The company has been using the pipeline to deliver bunker fuel straight from the cargo vessel to its storage area located in Barangay Sangali, Aguilar said.
WMPC personnel were able to contain the oil spill by using rice stalks and dish-washing liquid to clean the affected shorelines and boulders which have been affected by around 20 liters of bunker oil.
The Philippine Coast Guard said the oil spill was immediately contained in the shorelines of the port area and did not spread to nearby coastal villages.
Seaweeds and other marine products nearby were also not affected by the oil spill, the PCG said.
Aguilar noted that following the incident, no oil leak has been observed until Saturday noon but they will still monitor their pipelines to avoid possible spills.
WMPC said they have allocated funds to replace the old pipelines in the port area and assured the public that they would adhere to proper oil spill management protocols to avoid further damage to the environment.