Oil Spill At Koh Samet, Thailand

Another quick post here, due to several searches on the oil spill at Koh Samet, Thailand.

Hua Hin is on the opposite side of the Gulf of Thailand from Koh Samet. It would be very unlikely if Hua Hin was adversely affected by the oil spill at Koh Samet, other than having more tourists come here rather than go there.

Depending on how bad the spill really is, which only time will tell, it is likely that only Koh Samet and nearby areas like the beaches around Ban Phe will be affected.

The northern reaches of the Gulf of Thailand are, and haven’t been, that clean in quite some time. There is too much agricultural run off of fertilizers and pesticides and the general pollution from millions of people living in the area. Fishermen fish in the lower gulf, not in the bowels of Bangkok.

If you’re thinking of coming to Hua Hin, there’s no need to change your plans. If you’re thinking of going to Koh Samet, you might want to reconsider.

[Update 19 Aug 13]

If you look at the video link posted in the comments below, it appears that Ao Phrao is pretty much back to normal. There is no visible oil in the water or on the sands.

However, The Nation points out that water samples taken at both Ao Phrao, on the west coast of Samet, and Ao Tub Tim, on the east coast, both show “that the concentration levels of mercury in seawater samples collected on August 3 exceeded the acceptable level of 0.1 micrograms per litre”.  In the case of Ao Phrao, it’s 29 times acceptable and for Ao Tub Tim, 2.5 times acceptable.

In addition, blogger Saksith Saiyasombut writes that :

While the producer of Slickgone NS TYPE 2/3 recommends a ratio of 1 part oil dispersant to 20-30 parts of oil slick, PTTGC has evidently used over 6 times the amount more than they were initially allowed. Long-term effects of the spill and the clean-up have yet to reveal how damaging PTTGC’s handling is. There has been no word yet of an investigation into this particular issue, but Thai authorities are already pressing for legal charges against the company.

If you go to Koh Samet, think twice about going in the water or eating seafood. If you’re just going for the sun, party hardy.

2 thoughts on “Oil Spill At Koh Samet, Thailand

  1. No need to avoid Koh Samed, either. Oil only washed up on one remote beach. All the popular beaches are untouched. Island very quiet, though, even for low season. Tourists staying away. Time to pick up a bargain break, methinks

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