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August 23, 2006

The Guimaras Oil Spill

It’s been more than 2 weeks now since the Guimaras oil spill incident and it seems help is very slow down there.

My mom called me up the other day and gave me updates about the incident. A lot of people have been affected. A lot of our relatives (from my mom’s side) are living along the coastline of Nueva Valencia either fishing, trawling or managing beach resorts.

Guimaras Oil Spill

The picture above was taken last February when I visited Alubihod beach, the northern part of Nueva Valencia.

I was told the because the wind was blowing eastward, some of the beaches weren’t affected yet. Still, there’s a huge posibility that the oil slick could spread even wider with the tide until that tanker is removed from 600 meters down.

We live in the Poblacion so my parents were’nt affected much though my mom told me they were collecting empty water bottles to fill them up with potable drinking water and deliver them to affected areas. Most of the people living along the coastline rely on deepwells so there’s a danger that they could also be contaminated.

16 Responses to “The Guimaras Oil Spill”

  1. deuts
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    The wind’s blowing eastward, does that mean the tide moving towards the Negros island? Our family’s in Tigbauan, Iloilo. Tigbauan is also along the coastline. I’m not sure if the oil spill can affect our town. Nevertheless, this oil spill has got to end.

  2. andre says:

    Petron is responsible for this! Sadly I do see neither remorse nor urgency from them.

  3. jong says:

    i watched the news last night and yeah negros might get affected…

  4. retz says:

    petron says no to 100m bond to guimaras, that’s bull

  5. jhay says:

    Such a tragedy. Prevented if only the laws and common sense were followed. Petron and Sunrise maritime should really pay for the cleaning up this mess they’ve created.

  6. vance says:

    theres no funds, tsk tsk.

  7. elmer says:

    oil company’s profit is at all time high then they just close their pocket and eyes when this tragedy happens. im not sure if petron knows that they’re into petroleum business which this kind accident (??kapabayaan) might happen anytime. im not worry about the beach being affected by this tragedy but instead im more worried about the long-term effects to the livelihood of the people in nearby islands (or maybe the whole philippines).

  8. Jaypee says:

    it’s sad to see nature and wildlife get damaged, destroyed or killed and to see these big oil companies turning their backs and not claiming responsibility for what happened. even if the spill was not their fault they should still do something in cleaning up the mess and pay for the damages caused by the oil spill. the oil spill will have short and long term effects on the environment and to the animals. animals and other sea life will die or have higher death rates by ingesting the oil. i just hope that the government will see to it that Petron does something about this incident and that it would be cleaned ASAP.

  9. eric says:

    abe i really cant believe this happened to guimaras.

    Naluoy gd ako sa mga kasimanwa ta

    naka ilang balik din ako sa guimaras. i love guimaras so much. naka ilang balik na ako dyan. i love alubihod, the trappist monastery, the balaang bukid, pulang pasayan, isla naburot, turtle island, and others.

    despite all these tragedy, ill still go back to alubihod this coming october.

    im actually planning to do volunteer work there, even just for a day.

  10. Maria Jose says:

    The government should really put pressure on Petron not just to pay up, but to be more actively involved in creating solutions so the effects of the oil spill are kept at a minimum. More importantly, the government should make sure that strict regulations are in place to make sure nothing like this happens again.

  11. Brian says:

    Hi Abe, just came back from Guimaras last week. So far ok pa naman Alubihod. Ganda pala dun, kasing ganda nun pic. Mas maputi pa yung sand kesa dun sa pic. Sana Petron will get the tanker out of there soon.

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  13. Clarissa says:

    Petron needs immediate action for this……… remember this is all your fault

  14. kiko says:

    sori late reply….it’s nice to see that some people really care about what is happening in our society..even a single thought, idea and opinion that we’ve shared might help to solve the case in petron company agency? would you please do some actions to cleaned up your mess as part of you duties and responsibilities in the community….

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