Black waves of crude oil have washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand’s eastern sea, after an oil spill over the weekend.
Tourists on Samet Island have been warned to stay away from the polluted beach. 300 workers are leading clean-up efforts, and have been joined by Thai Navy vessels. The bay has been closed down, with authorities declaring a disaster zone. They say it will take some time to assess the environmental damage. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday morning.
The leak sprung in a pipeline operated by a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PPT Plc. The company says it has flown in oil spill management experts and a plane from Singapore to get rid of the crude oil.
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