Sat, May 29, 2010
The Straits Times
Oil spill hits Chek Jawa

By Grace Chua

OIL from Tuesday's spill has hit two more parts of Singapore's shores, including the Chek Jawa wetlands on Pulau Ubin - home to unique ecosystems and the last refuge of several plants and animals once common in the country.

Oil spill hits Chek Jawa
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The latest oil-slicked areas are north of the spill and other previously affected parts of East Coast Park, suggesting that tides and winds are pushing the slick towards Singapore's north-east.

A 700m stretch of Changi Beach was also affected, between Carpark 6 and Carpark 7, and is now closed to swimmers.

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Updated 29 May 2010:

In the latest press statement from the National Environment Agency (NEA), the Agency stated that Chek Jawa is still open to visitorship, but guided walks are suspended in the next two weeks.

It also said there are no immediate signs of major damage to the Chek Jawa eco-system but the National Parks is monitoring the situation closely.

Meanwhile, the newly affected parts of Changi Beach have been closed and signages have been put up to warn the public not to go into the water.

The beaches along East Coast Park are still closed. Members of the public are advised to refrain from swimming and engaging in water activities in these areas.

To date, 40.4 tonnes of sand contaminated with oil have been collected from East Coast Beach and Changi Beach and disposed off at the Semakau Offshore Landfill.

Air quality

As of today, a faint smell from the oil patches remains, but the Agency stated that it has not detected any toxic chemicals in the air that would pose a risk to the health of members of the public.

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