BP has not been the only energy major battling a spill US-based Chevron has permanently plugged a fuel pipeline which issued bunker fuel at its Bacolod terminal in the Philippines.
Marine Environmental Protection Command (MEPCOM) personnel together with the local managers of Chevron, Shell and Petron depots boarded M/Tugboat Racahe and proceeded to the reported spill site and found minimal bunker oil traces surfacing from the broken/deteriorated underwater pipeline of Chevron Bacolod depot at the rate of approximately one litre per hour, the Coast Guard says.
The extent of the affected areas with rainbow sheen is approximately two metres in width, and fifteen metres in length amidst prevailing rough seas with heavy downfall of rain. MEPCOM and oil depot personnel conducted laying of two segments of oil spill boom at the spill site, the Coast Guard adds.
The Coast Guard and Chevron Philippines said it would continue to monitor the area to ensure there would be no more leaks.
The Bacolod facility is expected to be dismantled later this year.