About 400,000 liters of crude oil leaked from an underwater pipe into the sea off this eastern province and organizations concerned were trying to protect the shore.
Sophon Thongdee, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, said the leaking pipe belonged to Star Petroleum Refining pcl. The company informed the department of the incident last night and officials concerned were trying to protect the beaches of Rayong as sea winds were blowing towards them.
Attapol Charoenchansa, director-general of the Pollution Control Department, said about 180,000-200,000 liters of the crude oil could reach the coastline from the Mae Ramphueng beach to the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park at 3pm-5pm on Jan 28.
The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, the Royal Thai Navy and other organizations were working out urgent solutions, he said. (TNA)