By Jaymee T. Gamil
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.”
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.
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.
By Felipe V. Celino
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 [...]
By Nathaniel R. Melican
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.
By Tina G. Santos
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 [...]
By Maricris Irene V. Tamolang
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.” [...]
By Tina G. Santos
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 [...]