AC Energy Philippines has submitted its environmental management plan (EMP) to the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), detailing plans to address the environmental impact of the oil spill in Iloilo that occurred earlier this month.
The EMP contains measures to ensure the completion of the cleanup of the oil spill as soon as possible and to bring water and air quality back to safe levels before affected families are allowed to return to their homes.
The EMP also requires the conduct of proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes as well as the rehabilitation of the affected mangrove areas and fisheries.
“Even with the submission of the EMP to the EMB, the company will continue to work closely and coordinate with the DENR, as well as with the various government bodies and agencies, including the local governments of Iloilo City and Guimaras and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), to implement the EMP and to take into account comments and other recommendations from these government units and agencies,” AC Energy said in a statement.
But AC Energy said it is yet to receive a copy of a complaint filed by the PCG for violations of section 107 of the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 as amended by Republic Act 10654 for aquatic pollution.
“Even with the filing of this case, however, the company undertakes and commits to continue cooperating in good faith with the PCG and the other government units and agencies to ensure that the oil spill clean-up is done properly and completed soon and that the needs of the affected communities and groups are provided for,” AC Energy said.
The company is waiting for the results on the investigation on the fire incident of its Power Barge 102 barge-mounted bunker-fired diesel generating power stations which led to the oil spill.
When asked if AC Energy will turn away from diesel power plant investments following the incident, company president
Eric Francia said they will make an assessment once the issues at hand are resolved.