Gas leak in Bataan contained – CDC

The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced that the contamination issue in a village affected by the gas leak from the Subic-Clark pipeline in Dinalupihan, Bataan has been put under control.

In a report received by CDC from Clark Pipeline and Depot Company (CPDC), the leak from a puncture caused by a government construction project in Barangay San Ramon, Dinalupihan has been contained and controlled. CPDC is the operator of the 67-kilometer pipeline between Subic and Clark.

This, after CPDC tapped Envirocare Management Precision, Inc. (EMPI) which applied containment kits (booms, pads, absorbents, saw dusts) and made use of activated carbon and odor neutralizers. EMPI is a DENR-accredited hazardous transporter and treater. The firm is also tasked to do an Environmental Site Assessment and Cleanup Works.

A report by Ariel Entico of EMPI said that ”majority of contaminated water and soil was extracted.” The firm has also submitted sampling results and analysis which revealed that traces of fuel on monitoring wells and ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are within tolerable limits.

To assure further affected areas in Bataan, EMPI will still continue its cleanup works for possible remaining contaminants, mapping of the area, and monitoring activities.

In the consultation meeting held last week, Dinalupihan Mayor Gila Garcia requested for regular updates on the contamination issue. The CDC met with CPDC officials last week to render reports in order to help assess the situation and conduct remedial measures.

Darwin Chan, CPDC General manager, reported that fuel leak was detected at around 12 noon of August 13 which initially contaminated surface runoffs at Barangay San Ramon in Dinalupihan, Bataan.

In his report, Chan said that there were traces of fuel in the water and soil which prompted the CPDC to close valve boxes 3, 5, 7, and 9 to control and detect the alleged leak and immediately commissioned the EMPI.

Previously, CPDC has also conducted smart PIG (Petroleum Interface Gauge) tests to check on the integrity of the pipeline. The tests yielded yielded negative results for corrosion, cracks and other structural defects. Subsequent similar tests have also been scheduled in the future.