Oil Spill in Cavite

Diesel cannot mix with water. It is primarily composed of 75% saturated hydrocarbons (usually paraffin and 25% aromatic hydrocarbons including alkyl benzenes and napthalene. For the common diesel fuel, its average formula is C12H23. This fuel is identified as one of the hazardous substances for humans when inhaled in the form of gas.

Approximately 500,000 liters of diesel spilled along the coastline of Cavite. The affected municipalities are Naic, Rosario, Tanza and Ternate. Petron owned the oil tanker who spilled the thousand liters of diesel. Many fishermen are being affected because of this incident. A huge volume of fishes were found dead and unsafe for human consumption, along the seashore of the four affected municipalities. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Coastguard, together with the LGU of Cavite are doing a wide and thorough investigation of the incident. Spillage of any kinds of oil can pose a serious damage to the marine ecosystem. Its resources, especially the fishes, are now no longer safe for human consumption. The BFAR banned the fishing activities within the jurisdiction of the affected areas to prevent the poisoning.

 

 

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