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Borneo Bulletin: Oil slick reported off Tutong beach

By M K Anwar
Local fishermen were puzzled by the appearance of an oil slick at about noon off the coast of Tutong beach on Monday. The Marine Department in a press statement confirmed the oil slick, which was 10 kilometres long and one kilometre wide.
The oil slick, classified as 'emulsified oil', was seen floating about six miles off the Tutong beach.
As per procedure, both Marine Response Coordination Centre (MRCC) of the Marine Department and Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) of Brunei Shell Petroleum were activated.
A support team was also put on standby to carry out important beach cleaning procedures should the slick move ashore. Meanwhile, continuing surface and aerial surveillance were carried out immediately by vessels and air units from the Royal Brunei Armed Forces, Royal Brunei Police Force and Brunei Shell Petroleum to determine further the movement or drift of the oil slick.
Brunei Shell Petroleum also continued its air surveillance and monitoring on Monday and Tuesday.
The source of the oil slick is still unknown.
The Marine Department also stated that the slick had moved offshore since the day it was spotted. Due to rapid weathering process

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