Monday, October 29, 2007

Notes from a continuing catastrophe

Guimaras, the island province in the central Philippines is an image of the perfect holiday spot.

The massive oil spill in Guimaras province happened more than a year ago. While government agencies have declared the area already clean. The truth is what seems to be a recovered ecosystem is only on the surface. We circumnavigated the island's coastline on foot to see what has happened since then.

Oil residues are still on the beach.

Some of the Mangroves remain defoilated

In the year since the spill, tourism, people's fishing livelihoods as well as the whole island economy has been affected.

The black stuff on the sand are actually remains of oil residues that have percolated through the coral sand and remains in the unoxygenated layers of sediment

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