Ministry matters

The ministry is working with several agencies to tackle the oil spill: Varawut

The incident happened late on January 26 when an undersea pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC) began leaking oil off the coast of Rayong.

Meanwhile, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources assesses damage to marine natural resources and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation supports operations and monitors the effect of the oil slick on the natural resources.

Varawut said the PCD will also monitor and assess air quality, water quality, soil and sediment with relevant organizations.

He said the department would do five things:

  1. Analyze the organic and inorganic matter components of crude oil and a piece of oil.
  2. Monitor and assess seawater quality and oil slick at eight locations along the coast, from Phayun Beach to Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park.
  3. Inspect and collect seawater samples to analyze the amount of heavy metals (mercury, bronze, cadmium, lead and iron) and total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) at six locations. The department has already done this three times and will test another three times to see if the seawater quality is normal while the department waits for the result of the amount of heavy metals and TPH.
  4. Inspect soil contamination on the beach
  5. Inspect the air quality in the area with the oil slick