The oil leak now devastating one beach and important offshore waters along the east coast has been one of the worst-managed disasters in recent memory. The failures to prevent the leak, manage the spill, contain the pollution and avoid the Koh Samet calamity represent a dreadful breakdown.
It was compounded by constant disinformation and misleading statements by those involved. The Royal Thai Navy and especially PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) must be called to account.
The disaster began early last Saturday. A tanker was pumping crude into a pipeline operated by PTTGC, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas giant PTT, about 20km off the Rayong coastline in the Gulf of Thailand.
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