Oil Spill

Soldiers in white biohazard suits work to contain the oil that has spilled onto Ao Prao beach on Koh Samet. Photo: Reuters

Pipeline leak blackens Thai beach island

Waves of crude oil have washed up on a popular tourist island in Thailand after a leak from a pipeline, amid frantic efforts to stop it reaching the eastern coastline. About 50,000 litres of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on Saturday from a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical , a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT.