Oil blackens coast of central Vietnam

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The central province of Binh Thuan asked for an investigation Wednesday into the cause of several oil clots that have blackened at least 20 kilometers of beach and coastline in the resort town of Phan Thiet.

The dense clots appeared earlier this week, and were likely to have come from the cleaning of oil tankers nearby, said Van Tien, head of Binh Thuan Environmental Protection Agency.

While awaiting conclusions from the National Center of Oil Spill Reaction and Rescue, and the Center of Oil and Gas Environment Safety, local authorities have cooperated with tourism companies to manually collect the clots, according to Tien. The clots have been handled in accordance with toxic waste treatment procedures, he said.

Oil slicks were first reported in Tien Thanh Commune’s sea last Friday. They then drifted ashore and clotted under the sun’s heat, blackening beeches and scaring away tourists.

Source: Tuoi Tre

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