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Oil leak from 20-year-old shipwreck threatens Panglao

The sun rises over boats in Panglao island in Bohol on October 18, 2013, the area where a 7.1 magnitude quake struck on October 15.  The death toll from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the central Philippines rose to 172 as authorities warned it would probably climb even higher.  AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO

More than a week after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the province of Bohol, the adjacent island of Panglao that is home to many beach and diving resorts is threatened by bunker fuel leaking out of a ship that sank 20 years ago.

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Hair today, oil spill boom tomorrow

GEE, your hair can save Mother Earth. The Cebu City government is pinning its hopes on human hair and indigenous materials as an eco-friendly strategy to prevent oil leaking out of the sunken MV St. Thomas Aquinas from reaching the city’s shorelines. Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, a survivor of the sinking of the MV Princess [...]

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Cebu ferry death toll now at 55


Additional fatalities to the ill-fated sunken ship MV St. Thomas Aquinas were recovered Monday afternoon, increasing the death toll from the ship collision off Cebu last Friday to 55.

Posted: August 19th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Cebu ferry death toll climbs to 38, as oil leaks

Philippine Navy divers retrieve a body from the waters off the coast of Talisay city, Cebu province, in central Philippines Saturday Aug. 17, 2013, a day after a passenger ferry MV Thomas of Aquinas collided with a cargo ship Sulpicio Express Siete. AP

Divers hauled bodies out of rough seas Sunday in the grisly aftermath of a ferry disaster that claimed at least 38 lives, as oil leaked from the submerged vessel.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Oil leaks from submerged Cebu ship

A boy (bottom left) holds two oil-coated bagasi, salt water eels, which thrives in Cordova town, Mactan  Island Cebu. Oil spill is seen in the waters near the shore of Mactan Isldan. Photo from the Office of Cebu Rep. Luigi Quisumbing

Authorities said Sunday they were unable to stop fuel leaking from a ferry that sank, as oil spread to coastal villages, fishing grounds and mangroves more than five kilometers away.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Makati gov’t to Lopez firm: Oil leak mess far from solved


The Makati City government on Friday reminded the Lopez-owned First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) that the issues arising from the West Tower oil leak were “far from resolved” despite a recent court ruling, and that cleaning up the leak remains as the company’s “primary responsibility.”

Posted: January 11th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

What went before: FPIC pipeline oil leak

In July 2010, oil seeped into the basement of the 22-story West Tower condominium in Barangay (village) Bangkal in Makati City, alarming residents in the area. The leak was eventually traced to five rice grain-sized holes in a portion of the 117-kilometer pipeline operated by First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC), just meters away from the condominium.

Posted: January 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Diesel pipe leak fixed, say execs

While the damaged fuel pipeline in this town had been repaired and the diesel leak had stopped spreading into the water sources and waterways in communities here, a local official said residents have complained of skin problems due to handling of fuel-laced water.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Capiz town orders power firm closure


ROXAS CITY—The Panitan municipal government on Thursday ordered the temporary closure of a power generation facility that leaked oil into a creek that leads to the province’s main water source. The Enervantage Suppliers Co. Inc. (ESCI), a power generation firm located in Barangay Timpas, was closed down 5 p.m. on Thursday in compliance with the [...]

Posted: February 17th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Oil leak cleanup worries expert


An expert has raised concerns about the effects of the system to be used by the Lopez-led First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) for the recovery and treatment of petroleum products that leaked from its pipeline nearly two years ago.

Posted: February 2nd, 2012 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

UP experts told to stop collecting fuel samples from Makati barangay


Officials of Barangay (village) Bangkal in Makati City have ordered the team of experts hired by the city government to refrain from collecting petroleum products in the vicinity of oil leak-affected West Tower Building allegedly for neglecting safety measures. In a one-page order issued to Dr. Carlo Arcilla of the University of the Philippines’ National [...]

Posted: August 6th, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

West Tower residents mark first year of oil leak


On the first anniversary of what they dubbed “the worst environmental disaster,” residents of West Tower Condominium in Barangay (village) Bangkal, Makati City, attended a Mass as they remembered the oil spill and its effects on the environment and judged the entries in an art contest titled “The Effect of the Oil Spillage in Bangkal.” [...]

Posted: July 21st, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

Rehab of Makati condo hit by oil leak to be finished by yearend


THE FIRST Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) on Tuesday said it expects to finish the rehabilitation and restoration of West Tower Condominium in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City, by the end of the year. “We have been progressing at a steady pace in our rehabilitation efforts … and we hope to finish everything before the close of [...]

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 in Headlines,Metro | Read More »

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