Thailand’s Marine Department is taking legal action against Star Petroleum Refining Public Company (SPRC) for the crude oil spill incident on Tuesday evening.
Transport Deputy Minister Atirat Ratanasate told the Associated Press after visiting and monitoring the oil spill situation and assisting those who were affected in the Map Ta Phut area that oil dispersant was now being sprayed by sea and by air to reduce and control the number of oil stains in a limited range.
Remedy and assistance for local villagers who had been affected by the leak would be offered, according to the Deputy Minister. Moreover, the Marine Department had also filed complaints against the SPRC on Thursday, demanding the social and financial responsibilities for the damage in all aspects, including:
- Social aspects such as fishermen’s way of life, various water activities, the psychological effect of the people living and working in that area, the environmental scenery, unpleasant odors, the confidence of seafood consumers in that area
- Economic aspects such as the image of the tourism industry, the opportunity lost of petroleum resources usage, the confidence of oil transportation, fishermen’s general income
- Environment aspects such as marine ecosystems and aquatic life, beaches and their sceneries, chemical contamination, unpleasant odors
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