Energy giant slammed for "inefficient" response to Thai oil spill
BANGKOK (AP) - Critics on Thursday slammed Thailand's state-owned oil and gas company for its allegedly inefficient response to an oil spill that polluted a popular tourist island, as cleanup operations continued for a sixth day.
About 50,000 liters of crude oil - around the amount contained in 1 1/2 tanker trucks - spilled into the Gulf of Thailand off Samet Island on Saturday morning from a leak in a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc., a subsidiary of state-owned PTT Plc.
The spill washed ashore on Samet, a small resort island that each year draws some 1 million tourists due to its pristine beaches and proximity to Bangkok, 140 km to the northwest.
Opposition lawmaker Sathit Pitutecha said on Thursday that the operator had failed to plan for such a problem despite previous leaks.