Black waves of oil washing onto Thai resort beach three days after oil leak
BANGKOK (AP) - Workers used buckets to scoop up globs of crude oil blackening the once white sands and emerald waters of a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea on Tuesday, three days after the oil leaked from a nearby pipeline.
Progress was being made on cleaning the oil that washed into Prao Bay on the west coast of Samet Island on Sunday night, though not fast enough, and rough seas and strong winds spread the oil to a rocky bay farther north, said Rayong deputy governor Supeepat Chongpanish.
"The most urgent issue is to get rid of the oil from the bay as soon as possible," Mr Supeepat said in a telephone interview. "The longer it stays on, the worse effect it will have on the people and environment."
Provincial authorities have declared Prao Bay a disaster zone, but said that more popular beaches on the island's east coast remain untouched.