Offshore oil spill threatens beaches in eastern Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) – Thailand’s navy was helping yesterday to clean up a spill of as much as 160,000 litres of crude oil that leaked from a pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand.

The spill is near an industrial area but some of the oil could hit area beaches by tomorrow if it’s not dispersed before then, said Director-general of the Pollution Control Department of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Attapol Charoenchansa.

The Star Petroleum Refining Public Company said the leak occurred at about 9pm local time Tuesday at a mooring station about 20 kilometres southeast of the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate, south of Bangkok. It was stopped shortly after midnight.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin