DENR-PENRO MARINDUQUE RESPONDS ON THE PETROLEUM LEAK INCIDENT
Evening of April 12, 2019, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – Marinduque received an information about a petroleum leak incident in FILOIL Fuel Depot owned by MAP 2000 Terminal, Inc./FILOIL Logistics Corp. located at Brgy. Buyabod, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque. Right away, OIC-PENRO Imelda M. Diaz dispatched a team to inspect and investigate the incident in coordination with LGU and MDRRM of Sta. Cruz, Bureau of Fire Protection and other concerned government agencies.
Initial investigation conducted by the DENR Personnel headed by SEMS Rolando Z. Capistrano and LMO III Simeon R. Diaz revealed that the incident happened on April 12, 2019, between 3:00-4:00 P.M., according to Punong Barangay Armando P. Paredes. It was discovered while a resident extracted water from a manual-pump deep well owned by the said barangay which is approximately five (5) meters from the said depot, and noticed that it is mixed with dark-brown colored liquid, suspected as gasoline due to its odor. PB Paredes immediately informed the depot supervisor and accredited Pollution Control Officer Mr. Julius Fernandez to take precautionary action regarding the leak. He further called the attention and assistance of concerned agencies, particularly the Office of the Mayor-Sta. Cruz, MDRRMO-Sta. Cruz, BFP-Sta. Cruz, PNP-Sta. Cruz, PCG-Buyabod, Sta. Cruz and DENR-PENRO Marinduque in order to established public safety and crowd control over the area, while providing disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation for the incident.
An interview with PCO Fernandez revealed that he immediately informed the top management of FILOIL regarding the said incident, which the company decided for the voluntary shut down and cease of operation of the depot. In his initial computations and findings, the source of petroleum leak is from Underground Tank No. 151 (UGT for Gasoline with storage capacity of 50KL) with approximately 2,000 liters of gasoline was at lost. However, he cannot conclude if the leak was from the pipeline system or from the UGT itself, unless a hydro-test was conducted.
The operation of the depot started in 2011 under the supervision of Mr. Julius C. Fernandez, an accredited PCO of the depot with COA No. 2017-R4B-01746 issued March 02, 2017 and valid until March 02, 2020. According to PCO Fernandez, the applications for Discharge Permit, Permit to Operate and Hazardous Waste Generator Registration I.D. of the depot were filed and on-process at EMB-MIMAROPA Regional Office. He also stated that the notarized Quarterly Self-Monitoring Report and Semi-annual Compliance Monitoring Report were both submitted on-line. Also, the company secured several documentary requirements from other concerned agencies for the operation of the depot.
A mandatory evacuation within 200-meter radius near the affected area was implemented by concerned LGUs in order to ensure the safety and welfare of some residents. A total of 18 families allegedly affected by the incident were temporarily housed with their respective relatives. While other deep wells near the affected area were negative from petroleum contamination, activities that may spark or ignite to cause a fire were prohibited within the vicinity. Also, round-the-clock security/patrolling/roving and monitoring was also undertaken in the affected area.
Appropriate measures are being undertaken by the DENR-PENRO in close coordination with Sta. Cruz LGUs concern in order to determine the real cause of water contamination and the violations and liabilities of the company. The said company voluntarily stop their operation and initiated the clean-up of the affected deep well, while DENR conducted its standard water quality sampling and testing as part of the investigation. A Technical Conference (TC) to be held at EMB-MIMAROPA Regional Office, Manila regarding the matter was also recommended by PENRO Marinduque. ###
PENRO MARINDUQUE WILL SPEARHEAD MASSIVE RIVER CLEAN-UP IN BOAC, MARINDUQUE
Boac, Marinduque–The DENR PENRO Marinduque will lead the simultaneous river clean-up in Boac, River on March 22, 2019, urging all local government units, other National Agencies, Civil Society Organizations and private individuals to do the same in their respective river systems in support to the government’s call for sustainable management of water for all. Meaning, “leaving no one behind”.
“We have identified 26 priority barangays along the Boac River that need to be closely handled by the DENR along with our partners,”Marinduque PENR Officer Imelda M. Diaz said.
Among the 26 identified barangays are as follows:
Diaz encouraged the active participation of all stakeholders in cleaning up rivers and waterways particularly in built-up areas.
“We urge concerned local government units, organizations and industries to support our campaign towards promoting environmental protection and water sustainability for the benefit of all,” she added.
Diaz said they are discouraging volunteer participants to use single-use surgical gloves, black garbage bags and other clean-up materials that turn to be additional trash after each event. She however suggests that volunteers must bring their own tumblers and wear appropriate personal protection: boots or shoes, gloves, hats or caps for sun protection and, tongs and used sacks as trash container.
The said clean-up drive along the 27-km Boac River which covers 26 barangays will commence at 6:00 in the morning while a short program will follow at 8:00 AM at the Morion Plaza, Boac, Marinduque. For more and information or to volunteer, please contact Ms. Mary Grace P. Maniquiz at 0917-869-1014 or Ms. Ellen M. Parañaque 0999-526-8218
DENR moves to rehab rivers ruined by Marcopper mining disaster
ENVIRONMENT Secretary Roy A. Cimatu has approved an initial P5-million funding for the construction of a 90-meter wide gabion dam across the Mogpog River in Marinduque province as part of the government’s rehabilitation efforts in water bodies devastated by the Marcopper mines.
The dam will be built downstream of the Maguila-guila Creek to prevent further siltation in its basin.
In a statement, Regional Director Roland de Jesus of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Mines and Geosciences Bureau (DENR-MGB) in the Mimaropa region said the amount will cover the first phase of the project—conduct of a feasibility study, technical data gathering, design and planning for the dam’s construction.
“The result of the first phase will yield crucial information on the geological, geotechnical and hydraulic analysis of the Maguila-guila Creek, which will determine the design of the structure,” de Jesus said.
“The second phase or the implementation of construction stage may vary depending on the result of the first phase of the project,” he added.
Cimatu earlier vowed to restore two rivers, including Mogpog , that were devastated by the worst mining disasters in Philippine history—the Marcopper mining disasters in 1993 and 1996. Marcopper mine is one of the so-called legacy mines—those abandoned by mining companies after tragic mining disasters or upon reaching the end of the life of the mine before the Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
While guesting at the recent 100th anniversary of Marinduque province upon the invitation of local officials led by Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. and his son, Rep. Lord Allan Velasco, Cimatu bared that a plan to restore all the rivers in the Philippines, including the Boac and Mogpog rivers using nongovernment resources will soon be implemented by the agency.
He said it is high time that the government lead the massive cleanup and rehabilitation of the Boac and Mogpog rivers as people continue to suffer from the effects of the catastrophic tailings spills from the site of Marcopper Mining Corp. in 1993 and 1996.
“The environmental damages and unresolved issues brought about by the Marcopper mining operation in Marinduque for several decades now must be put to an end,” Cimatu said.
In March 1996, a fracture in the drainage tunnel of Marcopper’s Taipan pit spilled more than 1.6 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings, flooding villages and poisoning the Boac River.
Three years before that, the firm’s Maguila-guila siltation dam also burst, flooding the town of Mogpog, where two children drowned in the mine waste. It practically killed the Mogpog River with its toxic mine tailings.
Marcopper, which started its copper mining operations in the province in 1969, had been dumping mine waste into the Calancan Bay, destroying its corals and seagrasses.
Cimatu said he will immediately issue a department administrative order (DAO) once the Marinduque provincial government submits a formal request to place the Boac and Mogpog rivers under rehabilitation.
The planned river rehabilitation, he said, would include the dredging of the two rivers by a private contractor at no cost to the government.
Cimatu said the private contractor must shoulder all the expenses of the dredging operation in exchange for whatever minerals it may recover, provided the contractor pays the corresponding 4-percent excise tax.
So far, Cimatu has issued four DAOs in relation to the restoration of silted rivers through dredging, based on the separate requests of the provincial governments of Zambales, Oriental Mindoro and Negros Occidental.
The DAOs were pursuant to Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1, Series of 2019, issued by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and Department of Transportation.
The joint circular seeks to protect and restore to their natural state and water flow the heavily silted river channels in the country.
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