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RAYONG, Jan 27 (TNA) – The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) and agencies concerned confirmed that oil slicks from a leaking undersea pipe off Rayong province would not be washed ashore like what had happened in 2013.

 

After the leakage at about 9pm on Jan 25, officials successfully contained the oil slicks within an area of about one square kilometer.

 

IEAT governor Veeris Ammarapala said the leakage happened to an undersea pipeline and had nothing to do with any pipe receiving oil from a tanker. The cause of the leakage was under investigation.

 

Full story: https://tna.mcot.net/english-news-870690

 

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Hopefully the authorities are not arguing which branch are responsible, just like on Samui 7 or so years ago,

that seem to delay the whole process.

It was nasty to walk on Chaweng and Lamai.

Oil stains all over the feet, which were quite hard to wash off.

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3 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

They say it won't.....which means it will; so be prepared for ecological disaster folks !

It'll be treated with chemicals so it sinks to the sea bed... out of sight out of mind.

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1 hour ago, hotchilli said:

It'll be treated with chemicals so it sinks to the sea bed... out of sight out of mind.

That will give the shellfish etc a distinct flavour.

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On 1/27/2022 at 12:51 PM, rbkk said:

Which way is the wind blowing and the currents flowing?

Wind is Southwest to Southsouth West today and basically the same all this week.   Currents in that area are pretty negligible, as there are no geographical obstructions, and the tide flows straight out the Gulf of Thailand.   Wind does go slightly offshore, or Northerly, at night time.  I have sailed right by the spot where the leak occurred more than a dozen times, at all hours of the day and night.

 

Hopefully we dodged a bullet.  Haad Mae Rumpheung is my absolute favorite beach inside the Gulf.  Basically the best sunsets in Rayong, and actually some sort-of okay surfing there sometimes.

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The oil was told to behave this time and do, as explicitly instructed, not head towards the shore - as otherwise Uncle 2 might get seriously <deleted>, if not outrageously angry! 

Next, your call! 

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Conservation group ReReef published photos  at 1pm today showing Mae Ramphueng beach. Receding tide leaving the sand from high water mark black, covered with oil, sea cloudy black.

It has arrived.

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Oil slick comes ashore on Thailand’s Mae Ram Phueng beach

Saturday January 29 2022

 

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Rayong’s provincial governor is expected to declare Mae Ram Phueng beach a disaster zone today after oil from a recent spill washed ashore, polluting the shoreline for a distance of over two kilometres.

 

Pollution Control Department head Attapol Charoenchansa said today (Saturday) that the slick breached the offshore boom, adding that the oil already washed ashore is just a fraction, as a larger slick is still heading for the beach.

 

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News was warning folks not to swim in the 3 beaches just west of there. The trash tides already started, now oil balls on the beach.

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"In the afternoon officials estimated the volume of the oil slicks at about 20,000 liters and they should disappear within Jan 27. "

 

Say again?

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2 minutes ago, Virt said:

"In the afternoon officials estimated the volume of the oil slicks at about 20,000 liters and they should disappear within Jan 27. "

 

Say again?

if they say 20,000 L I'd bet it's closer to 100,000L

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On 1/27/2022 at 12:37 PM, webfact said:

would not be washed ashore like what had happened in 2013.

Reminds me of "Don't worry. There will be no floods this year."

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Has Prayuth 'ordered the oil slick to stay offshore and go t other countries.  That is normally his style.

This time of he year the prevailing wind is the NE monsoon, which should take the slick to Malaysia.

Why si nobody concerned about how the leak was caused? 

Will it happen again, as it might if the pipe is nor properly protected?

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16 hours ago, EVENKEEL said:

if they say 20,000 L I'd bet it's closer to 100,000L

Correct, but aim even higher.

 

BANGKOK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Thailand mobilised its navy and other agencies on Wednesday to contain an oil spill after an estimated 160,000 litres (35,195 gallons) leaked from an undersea pipeline about 20 km (12.4 miles) off its industrialised eastern seaboard.

 

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/thai-cleanup-underway-after-oil-spill-off-eastern-coast-2022-01-26/

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Thailand province declares state of emergency as oil slick hits beach

 

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Some 20-50 tonnes of oil are estimated to have leaked on Tuesday night in the Gulf of Thailand from an undersea hosepipe used to load offshore tankers.

 

Efforts to keep the oil slick from reaching Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province southeast of Bangkok were unsuccessful, and some oil began spilling onto the sand.

 

The governor of a province in eastern Thailand on Saturday declared a state of emergency after an oil slick washed up on a sand beach, shutting down restaurants and shops in a setback for the pandemic-hit tourism industry.

 

 

Read the full story from SCMP here.

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Navy Ships Deployed To Contain Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Thailand

 

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BANGKOK, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A beach in eastern Thailand was declared a disaster area on Saturday as oil leaking from an underwater pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand continued to wash ashore and blacken the sand.

 

The leak from the pipeline owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited (SPRC) started late on Tuesday and was brought under control a day later after spilling an estimated 50,000 litres (13,209 gallons) of oil into the ocean 20 km (12 miles) from the country’s industrialised eastern seaboard.

 

Some of the oil reached the shoreline at Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province late on Friday after spreading over 47 sq km (18 sq miles) of sea in the gulf.

 

 

Read the full article from gcaptain here.

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Oil spill 'nail in the coffin' for pandemic-hit Thai beach businesses

 

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RAYONG: Oil washing up on a beach on Thailand's east coast could be the "nail in the coffin" for pandemic-hit hotels and restaurants, local hospitality businesses said Saturday (Jan 29).

 

The Thai navy and pollution experts are scrambling to clean up Tuesday night's spill in the Gulf of Thailand where at least 60 tonnes of crude leaked about 20km off the coast of Rayong province.

 

Crews in yellow plastic protective suits were seen at Mae Ram Phueng Beach - about two-and-a-half hours from Bangkok - on Saturday afternoon cleaning up the oil slick which began washing up late the previous night.

 

 

Read the full article from Channel News Asia here.

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Except it has!

 

The thing is reaching the shore may be symbolic but whether it is ashore or not, the disaster is equally damaging. The sea is as important as the land.

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On 1/30/2022 at 10:07 AM, Robin said:

This time of he year the prevailing wind is the NE monsoon, which should take the slick to Malaysia

The N-E monsoon has faded out within the last few weeks, and we've been getting onshore sea breezes - hence the arrival on Rayong beaches, not Malaysia.

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On 1/27/2022 at 12:37 PM, webfact said:

The cause of the leakage was under investigation.

 

Bloody shame. 

 

The money spent on technology to make sure everyone is aware that there is a leak, all the sensors, electronics to activate when leaks occur. 

 

I reckon workers would have been annoyed with the alarms sounding, probably looking for technician to cut the wires or disconnect the alarm system. 

Managers, supervisors calling the maintenance department to silence the alarms. 

Couldn't be bothered to look to see if there was a leak. 

 

Seen it too many times, people in authority couldn't be bothered to check the systems, to check if there was a leak. 

 

Now this black filth everywhere. 

 

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