AC Energy details oil spill action plan

AC Energy Philippines has laid down an action plan to address the recent oil spill in Iloilo City amid the criminal complaints filed against the company by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

The power firm also said it has yet to receive a copy of the complaints of aquatic pollution against the company and its executives. According to the PCG, evidence points that AC Energy and its executives were negligent over the July 3 incident where around 48,000 liters of oil spilled into waters after AC Energy’s Power Barge 102 in Lapuz district’s Barrio Obrero exploded.

The incident contaminated costal areas of 23 communities in Iloilo City, Dumangas, and Guimaras, as well as a 1-hectare mangrove forest.

“With respect to news reports on the filing by the PCG of a criminal complaint against the company and [some] of its officers for alleged violation of Section 107 of Republic Act [RA] 8550 [The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998] as amended by RA 10654 for aquatic pollution, the company has not received a copy of such complaint and is thus unable to make any specific comment at this time.

Even with the filing of this case, however, the company undertakes and commits to continue cooperating in good faith with the PCG and the other government units and agencies to ensure that the oil spill clean-up is done properly and completed soon, and that the needs of the affected communities and groups are provided for,” said AC Energy.

The power firm has submitted its environmental management plan (EMP) to the DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), detailing plans to address the environmental impact of the oil spill. Among others, AC Energy said it would carry out the completion of oil spill cleanup and ensure that water quality is restored to safe levels; continue to monitor of air quality and ensuring that air quality is safe before affected families are allowed to return to their homes; properly collect and dispose of oil contaminated materials and wastes; and implement a rehabilitation plan for the affected mangrove areas and fisheries.

“Even with the submission of the EMP to the DENR-EMB, the company will continue to work closely and coordinate with the DENR, as well as with the various government bodies and agencies, including the local governments of Iloilo City and Guimaras, and the PCG, to implement the EMP and to take into account comments and other recommendations from these government units and agencies,” it added.

AC Energy has tapped US-based AECOM as third-party consultant to assist the company in the clean-up activities, among others.


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