May 28th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Tanker collision spills oil onto Singapore wetlands

Workers shovel oil off of the Jawa wetlands on Friday in Singapore.

Louisiana isn’t the only place dealing with oil on its beaches and in its wetlands this weekend.

Singapore parks officials said Friday that oil spilled in the collision of a tanker with another ship on Tuesday had washed into the country’s Chek Jawa wetlands, according to a report in the Straits Times newspaper.

The wetlands are “home to unique ecosystems and the last refuge of several plants and animals once common in the country,” the Straits Times reported.

The oil washing ashore also forced the closing of a stretch of Changi Beach, according to the paper’s report.

Meanwhile, The Star newspaper in nearby Malaysia said the authorities had been unable to contain the spill and it was now threatening Malaysian beaches at Tanjung Ayam, north of Singapore on the Malay Peninsula.

“We are doing our best to prevent the slick from reaching the beach area with the cooperation of the Southern Region Marine Department. We are installing booms at the affected area,” Zulkifli Abdul Rahman, director of the Johor Department of Environment was quoted as saying.

The spill of about 2,000 metric tons of crude oil occurred early Tuesday morning when a Malaysian-registered tanker collided with a bulk carrier registered from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, authorities said.

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  1. Lesley Meyer

    correct the spelling – it's SINGAPORE

    May 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sohil

      good catch ...

      May 28, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaos3306

      which one?

      May 29, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • naz

      its already spelt that way

      May 29, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. diaryofamisEducatedblackman

    wow, is oil leaks gonna be to us what the meteor was to the dinosaurs?

    May 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe Perez

    There is an environmentally-friendly solution to cleaning and recycling the spilled crude –

    May 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fulvio

    The ONLY solution to oil spills are professionalism in the way of any duty involved, and not the "money" way instead.

    May 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. David Foster

    Simplicity for the Gulf – Set two huge ankors on either side of the leak, attach chains with a winch from one ankor to the other, have the chains go right over the leak, weld a curved steel plate to the chains right over the leak, attach a thick flexible fabric material to the steel plate – winch the assembly down pulling the fabric down over the leak.

    May 29, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris From Canada

      I don,t think the oil company wants to stop the oil from spilling into the gulf, If they stop the leak them the American people mite want to stop then from drilling a relief well witch means no more oil for BP.

      May 30, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. TAT MAN

    Send down a line with a deflated rubber bladder type plug attached to it, poke it into the top of the broken riser then charge the line with compressed air inflateing the bladder and stopping the leak.Then load the casing with concrete dead heading the well. This would work much the same way as an angio when doctors install a stent into a heart patient, just a bigger version. Just a thought? CHEERS

    May 30, 2010 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Zolicon

    Thank You for You just Hit on another idea that Work.
    A Moonshine Still.
    Dirvert the Oil from the Broken Pipe to the Blow out Preventer back in to the Well.Create a Circle that will not be Broken untill the Relief Wells are Drilled.


    May 30, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Zolicon

    That is True,But if they had done what they are going to do Now what I Told them to do in the First Place they would have has this leak stopped days ago.
    They are Now going to put a Dome Cap on it with an Open Line to the Surface.

    May 30, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Zolicon

    What kind of Disaster could this Cloud of Gas,Mud,And Oil Cause?
    Could it be as Bad as the Oil?
    Or Worse?

    May 30, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Zolicon

    Well it was just announced on CNN that they are going to do what I said Yesterday.
    They are looking at Putting the 100.000 pound Box over the Leak to Stop the Mud and Oil from just being Blown out into the Ocean.
    Also here is Something else that will Hepl Plug the Leak.
    Corn Starch and Flour.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Zolicon

    They could have had this under controll a week after it happened.
    Butt the Meatheads do not know how to listen to common sense.
    The Simplest Solution is Usual the best Solution.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Zolicon

    No,no,no they are doing it wrong.They should be using the Big 100,000 Ton 8 Story Box,And a Large Pipe.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  13. Zolicon

    Why do the People feel that it is President Obama's Place to step up to the Plate and Deal with this Oil Spill?
    Mexico is a Country in and of it's self Correct?
    This Disasterous Oli Spill is in the Gulf of Mexico is it not Correct.
    The Gulf of Mexico is belongs to and under the Cotrroll of the Mexican Gouvernment is that not Correct?
    If I am Correct in those Statements.Then why has there been No out Cry for the President of Mexico to Step up to the Plate and do something?

    May 30, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. Zolicon

    Now there is one Hell of an idea.Make BP hire all of the Fishermen that are out there to Fish for Oil.Give every Boat a Pump and 5 Gallon Pails and Pay them by the Pound Like they Would get for the Fish they would Catch.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Zolicon

    Does anyone know how much Oil is in this Leaking Well.I have been trying to find out,So that We can get some idea as to just how bad this could get.

    May 30, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
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