Oil slick spreads as cleanup drags on Thai isle
BANGKOK (AP) - An oil spill that has marred a tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea has spread to nearby isles as authorities race to clean up the once-white sands and clear waters.
About 50,000 litres of oil spilled into the Gulf of Thailand off Rayong province on Saturday morning from a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc.
The black tide washed up on Prao bay on Samet island. Marine and Coastal Resources provincial director Puchong Saritdeechaikul said the bay is still marred with crude oil despite cleanup efforts that began on Monday.
He said officials also found that a clear oil sheen has spread to smaller isles off Samet's eastern shore.