Evaluation of 2006 M/T Solar 1 Oil Spill in the Guimaras Strait

Topics: Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Western Visayas Pages: 6 (1681 words) Published: March 12, 2013
“An evaluation of the 2006 MT Solar 1 oil spill at the Guimaras Strait”

Statement of the problem:
The 2006 MT Solar 1 oil spill at the Guimaras Strait spilt 2.1 million liters of bunker oil into the sea.
The immediate ecosystems have been direly affected.

Background of the study:
The researchers are rooting for this topic ever since it came to their thoughts.
They are optimistic that this topic will be approved as they have the means to conduct this study:
One of their group mates in conducting this study has a residence in Jordan, Guimaras and, thus, problems concerning the familiarity of the place are already met.
The researchers’ parents have already permitted them to conduct the study in Guimaras.
Also, the researchers are deeply concerned for the lingering effects of the oil spill to the immediate ecosystem and are passionate to point out these effects for the information of the people in the community.

Objectives of the study:
This study aims to:
To collect and evaluate water samples in the affected areas for the assessment of how contaminated the water is after six years.
To assess the health status of the flora and fauna of the affected ecosystem/s.
To conduct interviews among the immediate community affected assessing their health and livelihood.
To present the collected data to people and agencies in power for the quickest and most sustainable solution to address the problem.

Related/supporting literature:

From Wikipedia:
“The Guimaras oil spill is a massive oil spill at the Guimaras Strait, the Philippines that started on August 11, 2006. It is the worst oil spill ever in the Philippines. -------------------------------------------------

The oil tanker M/T Solar 1, carrying more than two million liters of bunker fuel, sank on August 11, 2006 at the Guimaras Strait off the coast of the Guimaras and Negros Occidentalprovinces, causing some 500,000 liters of oil to pour into the strait. Siphoning the remaining 1.5 million liters from the sunken tanker, at a depth of more than 600 meters, was scheduled for March 2007. It has been said that the recent oil spill has now adversely affected marine sanctuaries and mangrove reserves in three out of fivemunicipalities in Guimaras Island and reached the shores of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The oil spill occurred in the Visayan Seawhich is considered a rich fishing ground that supplies most of the fisheries' demand for the entire country. (NDCC, August 2006) Haribon sent its two biologists to Guimaras to rapidly assess the damage and talk to the affected communities regarding their immediate needs. Haribon will be providing assistance to the area particularly for the long-term rehabilitation of the area. Finally, the government has evacuated the affected families who have already been exposed to the toxic elements of the crude oil. According to reports gathered in the field, people have already contracted skin diseases. -------------------------------------------------

Several causes have been mentioned, including bad weather and human error. Allegations have been made stating that the tanker only had a capacity of 1.2 million, implying the possibility of overloading Other investigations have claimed that the captain of the ship had no capacity to manage it. -------------------------------------------------

The spill has damaged Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, a marine sanctuary for feeding and breeding ground for fish and other species. The oil slick also posed a threat to the blue crab industry in the municipality of Enrique B. Magalona in Negros Occidental. Dr. Jose Ingles, eco-region coordinator of the World Wide Fund for Nature in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, said that the damage may be felt by at least two generations. He warned that the disaster may have...
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