Coral reef in the sea off Ao Phrao on Koh Samet has not been harmed by the oil slick, according to the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre.
Centre director Bumrungsak Chatananwet said two scuba divers had been sent on Tuesday to inspect the coral reef lying about seven metres below the surface and about 100 metres from Ao Phrao beach on Samet island, after PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC), Thailand's largest petrochemical producer, admitted that about 50,000 litres of crude oil leaked from an offshore pipeline feeding a refinery in the Map Ta Phut industrial estate, in Rayong, on Saturday.
Part of the slick polluted Ao Phrao bay, a popular tourist destination on the west of the island, and washed up on the sandy beach. The largest part of the slick is still in the area and threatens beaches on the mainland.
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