Banthoon Chimkra, DSI special investigator, said the agency will meet Thursday with 10 agencies involved in resolving the problems resulting from the oil spill on Samet Island to collect technical information before making a preliminary conclusion regarding the incident.
Pol Lt Col Banthoon heads the fact-finding committee on the slick from the offshore pipeline at a refinery of the state-owned PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC).
If the slick is due to a substandard pipeline or human carelessness during the oil transfer, a proposal will be made to the DSI to probe the incident as a special case, he said.
Meanwhile, Pranpree Bahiddha-Nukara, PTT Board of Directors chairman, said a special board meeting yesterday opted for future preventive measures against oil slicks by switching from the brand of soft pipeline, currently used by the company, to another brand.
Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas conglomerate PTT is the parent company of PTTGC.
The Board of Directors also ordered all companies in the corporate group to revise their risk management plans and set it as a goal not to allow such an incident again.
Restoration of the environment and ecological system, damaged by the slick, would start as soon as possible while payments for those affected by the spill should begin within a week, Mr Pranpree said.
The PTT group will initiate a Big Cleaning Day at Phrao Bay, Samet Island, on August 10, continuing through August 13, and PTT will buy a sand cleaning vehicle specially for the island, he said.
He said PTTGC should extract lessons learned from the oil slick experience and opinions from all directors into a policy for the PTT group in order to jointly take responsibility for the country’s energy stability and environmental conservation.
Mr Pranpree expressed appreciation to related state agencies, the Royal Thai Navy, the private sector and volunteers for their concerted efforts in solving the oil slick crisis.
He promised to steer the PTT group for energy stability with responsibility to society, communities and the environment under practices of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index of which PTT group is a member