Thai oil leak threatens beauty spot Koh Samet

Around 50 litres of crude oil which leaked into the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend have reportedly reached the shore and threaten to tarnish a Thai beauty spot. White-suited […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Around 50 litres of crude oil which leaked into the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend have reportedly reached the shore and threaten to tarnish a Thai beauty spot.

White-suited workers were yesterday frantically trying to stop too much oil reaching the Koh Samet island after a pipeline carrying crude oil leaked as much as 50,000 litres into the sea.

Thailand’s Energy Ministry is reported as stating this is the fourth largest oil spill seen in the country, which is known for its pristine beaches (pictured).

Anon Sirisaengtaksin, chief executive of petrochemical and refining firm PTT Global Chemical which owns the pipeline said it will do the “best” it can to “eliminate oil as quickly as possible”.

Along with the navy and workers from the firm, a 400-strong team were meant to be in action yesterday to “prevent a negative impact on the environment and marine ecosystems”.

The oil spill is near the port of Map Ta Phut which is also home to a huge industrial park.