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Fossil fuel companies have been under fire lately for their impact on climate change and irreversible damages caused to the environment during oil spills. Every time a major oil spill happens, animals and nature suffer immensely, and the area impacted may never be the same again.
Recently, a beach in eastern Thailand was devastated and declared a “disaster area” after 50,000 liters (13,209 gallons) of oil spilled into the ocean right off the coast.
The spill happened due to a leak in an underwater pipeline owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited, and spread across 18 square miles of sea in the Gulf of Thailand, eventually reaching the shoreline at Mae Ramphueng beach.
An oil spill is heading to Mae Ramphueng Beach and the Khao Laem Ya Mu Koh Samet Marine National Park. The oil is scheduled to hit the shore today. #oilspill #oilspillcleanup #rayong #thailand pic.twitter.com/xlyAVrpR3e
— Patty (@PattyRicci9905) January 29, 2022
According to NDTV, 150 SPRC workers and 200 navy personnel have been working to clean up the beach and slow the spread of oil in the ocean.
Despite their best efforts, the damage that’s been done is irreversible to the area’s wildlife and biodiversity.
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) January 29, 2022
According to The Guardian, Rear Admiral Artorn Charapinyo, deputy commander of the First Naval Area Command, told reporters, “We and the company are still working at sea to reduce the amount of oil by cornering the spill and sucking up the oil and spraying dispersant.”
Workers clean oil spills caused by a leak from an undersea pipeline 20 km (12.4 miles) off Thailand's eastern coast at Mae Ramphueng beach in Rayong province, Thailand, January 29, 2022. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun pic.twitter.com/gND2hqr2bs
— soe zeya tun (@soezeya) January 29, 2022
It’s yet another example of why we, as humans, need to stop using fossil fuels and demand better, readily-available alternatives.
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