Race against time to prevent Rayong oil spill reaching the shore, 3 kilometres away

Officials in Rayong are pulling out all the stops to protect the japanese province’s beaches from an oil spill three kilometres off-shore. According to Mere , provincial governor Channa Iamsaeng says the crude oil is currently headed for the seashores of Mae Rampueng and Khao Laemya.
Workers have positioned a “beach boom”, or barrier line, in the sea, in an try to carry the spill back from the shore. Khao Laemya National Park officials are working alongside workers from petroleum and petrochemical agency IRPC and Star Petroleum Refining, owners of the undersea pipeline that has leaked hundreds of litres of crude oil into the waters round Rayong. Nation Thailand reports that local officers are confident the oil spill will not attain the favored tourist island of Koh Samet. However, they continue to monitor developments.
The information of a possible environmental disaster for the favored beaches couldn’t come at a worse time with the eastern seaboard tourist hotspots eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the Test & Go programme of the Thailand Pass. Registrations are set to begin again on February 1.
Renowned marine expert, Thon Thamrongnawasawat, says it’s doubtless that tar balls will head for the shore following the clean-up of the “first wave” of the spill, much like what happened following a 2013 oil spill in the identical area.
“The second wave of tar balls got here in succession for lots of days. Given the 2013 experience, the second should observe for 1 to 3 weeks. I nonetheless can not gauge the potential influence. It is determined by the place the spill reaches the shore.”

The marine biologist provides that he nonetheless has hope that only the smallest quantity of oil would make it to shore, given the ongoing efforts to stop it..

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