DA NANG — Local authorities and rescue forces are striving to contain an oil spill in Da Nang Bay after a landslide smashed an aviation company’s warehouse on Thurday, spilling large amounts of jet fuel into the ocean.
The landslide caused by heavy rains on Wednesday night collapsed a 30m long wall of the embankment protecting the company’s warehouse on a hill by the sea, and cracked two container tanks open, according to the Central Region Aviation Fuel Company. Company officials have yet to identify the actual amount of oil spilled, only estimating that it would be more than 2000cu.m.
Roughly 1,600cu.m. of oil and petrol have been drained directly from the broken tanks to another storage, the Da Nang City Department of Natural Resources and Environment said.
The spill, which occurred in the middle of September, was caused by high winds and a faulty blade, according to Green Mountain Power spokeswoman Dottie Schnure.
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, October 16, 2008
According to the spill report by Environment and Natural Resources, an incident involving spilled fuel was not reported by the party responsible.
ENR officer Ian Ellsworth said he got a call on Saturday afternoon about a reported oil spill at the Allen Services lot.
Ellsworth said he got the call from a concerned resident who knew of the incident.
"I received the complaint and went to check it out," he said.
When he got to the scene, Ellsworth said he was met by members of the company responsible for the mess, who were trying to burn off the excess oil that covered the snow.
Hans J Marter, The Shetland News
AN INVESTIGATION is under way in Shetland after up to 2,000 litres of waste oil spilled from a tank at a depot in Scalloway polluting an area of land nearby and some of the oil reaching the sea.
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said yesterday (Friday) that a clean up operation near the former bus depot, at Scord, was well under way.