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Iloilo City Oil Spill: FAMILIES RETURN HOME SAFELY | Relief ops, cleanup full speed…

first_imgThroughout the period of displacement, a total of 2,350 food packs were distributed to residents of barangays Loboc, Mansaya and Bo. Obrero. AC Energy collaborated with these villages’ barangay councils for the distribution. * rehabilitation of affected mangrove and fisheries areas/PN The last remaining 41 households were cleared and passed the reintegration parameters, and returned to their respective homes in Barangay Bo. Obrero (Zone 3), Lapuz district on Saturday, July 18.  * completion of oil spill cleanup The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 6 disclosed last week that it recorded zero presence of hydrogen sulfide and there was a very safe level of benzene – chemicals that could be found in petroleum oils. The first families to return home safely were a total of 70, in Barangay Mansaya on July 15, followed by the second batch (102 families) in Barangay Bo. Obrero (Zone 2) on July 16. ILOILO City – All 308 families that were displaced by the recent oil spill have returned home safely, with AC Energy Philippines keeping its promise to do everything it could to mitigate the societal and environmental impacts of the incident in a responsible manner. This method, based on international standards, is used to survey and document the impact of spills on shorelines, the effectiveness of cleanup activities, and conduct of post-cleanup inspections and evaluations.  The remaining five percent are floaters which naturally evaporate or either stick to sea walls, or carried away by tidal movements. One of the parameters was the toxicity level of the affected areas – it must be negligible. As to AC Energy’s environmental management plan (EMP) for the nearby island province of Guimaras, the company’s Gabby Mejia and AECOM Philippines made a presentation on July 18 during a meeting with representatives of the Guimaras provincial government led by Gov. Samuel Gumarin and Vice Gov. John Edward Gando. AC Energy owned the power barge. Similar to the action plans and commitments made for Iloilo City, AC Energy together with AECOM also presented its spill assessment update and criteria called Shoreline Clean-up and Assessment Technique (SCAT).  * continued monitoring of air quality AC Energy’s cleanup contractor Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc. also helped to ensure the safe return home of the evacuated families. Of the 268,948.61 liters of bunker oil spilled as verified by the coastguard, some 95 percent have already been recovered by AC Energy’s cleanup team. The third batch of families to return home numbered 95. They were residents of Barangay Bo. Obrero (Zone 3). The set of parameters for the reintegration of the displaced people was developed by a multi-stakeholder task force composed of various barangays, the city government, Philippine Coast Guard, AC Energy and consultant AECOM Philippines. The assessment includes fisheries and mangrove rehab. * that water quality would be restored to safe levels For around a week, they were temporarily evacuated by AC Energy to several hotels in Mandurriao district together with 267 other families to protect them from the heavy fumes of the bunker fuel that oozed out of Power Barge 102 into the coasts of Iloilo City and Guimaras on July 3 following an explosion. * proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes Also present during Saturday’s meeting were Cong. Ma. Lucille Nava of the Lone District of Guimaras; Mayor Ruben Corpuz of Jordan, Guimaras; and former congressman JC Rahman Nava. They were assured of the following by AC Energy:last_img read more

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Alleged tipsy trucker blamed in U.S. 52 accident in Franklin County

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Thursday morning crash involving a suspected intoxicated semi truck driver closed U.S. 52 for about four hours.The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says at 8:23 a.m. Gary M. Wyatt, 55, of Knightstown, was eastbound on U.S. 52 near Richland Creek Road hauling a load of granular fertilizer when he ran off the north side of the roadway. The truck hit a culvert and guardrail, then rolled, spilling its load.During the investigation deputies and emergency workers determined Wyatt was not injured but did show signs of impairment. He was transported to Margaret Mary Health for toxicology testing.U.S. 52 reopened right before noon. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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