A beach in Thailand, declared a disaster area after a

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A beach in eastern Thailand was declared a disaster on Saturday as oil spilled from an underwater pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand continued to wash ashore and blacken the sand, according to Reuters.

The leak from Star Petroleum Refining Public Company Limited’s pipeline began Tuesday and was brought under control a day later after it spilled about 50,000 gallons (13,209 gallons) of oil into the ocean 20 km (12 miles) away. the industrialized east coast of the country.

Some of the oil landed on Mae Ramphueng Beach in Rayong Province on Friday night after spreading over 47 square kilometers (18 square miles) of sea in the bay.

Marina is working with SPRC to limit the leak and said the main body of oil was still offshore, with only a small amount of wash at at least two points along the 12km long beach.

About 150 SPRC and 200 Navy workers have been delegated to clean up the beach and barriers have been installed to stop the oil advance, the Navy said.

Twelve seagoing ships and three civilian ships, along with a number of aircraft, were also working to limit leakage at sea with dispersant spray.

“We and the company are still working at sea to reduce the amount of oil by cleaning up the leak and vacuuming the oil and spraying the dispersant,” Rear Admiral Artorn Charapinyo, deputy commander of the naval’s first command, told reporters.