Thailand Raises Alarm over Second Oil Leak

Authorities in Thailand said they deployed ships on Thursday to contain a fresh oil spill off its eastern coast following an undersea pipeline leak in the same area two weeks earlier. 

The pipeline, owned by Star Petroleum Refining Public Company (SPRC), leaked on January 26 and spilled an estimated 12,443 to 14,529 gallons of oil into the sea, damaging coastal communities and marine life in Rayong province.

On Thursday, the same pipeline again spilled about 1,321 gallons of oil into the eastern coast, home to several beach destinations popular with foreign tourists. 

Attapon Charoenchansa, Director-General of the Pollution Control Department, said the cause of the leak was under investigation.

Meanwhile, SPRC said it was working with authorities to contain the spill. 

The spill came as Thailand recorded a steady increase in visitors following the country’s lifting of its tight entry restrictions and quarantine.

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