50 tons of crude oil blacken a beautiful Thai beach

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Soldiers scrape slick from sand

Cleaning up a massive crude oil leak from a formerly pristine Thailand beach and is no easy, quick task, but Thai soldiers are working on it. See gallery

Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite attempts to clean it up over the weekend when it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday.

Tourists on Samet Island were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach, marred by inky globs, as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water.

About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province Saturday morning from a leak in the pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical PLC, a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT PLC.

The leak was the fourth major oil spill in the country's history, Energy Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said.


In this photo: Thai soldiers in white biohazard suits take part in a clean-up operation at Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet, Rayong Monday.

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Oil-slicked sand covers Thailand beach resort

A Thai soldier in white biohazard suit stands on what little sand is left amid the oil-covered Ao Prao Beach Monday.

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Gulf of Thailand oil spill reaches a Thai tourist resort

Formerly white, the sands of a Thai tourist resort are soaked with black crude oil that leaked from a pipeline in the Gulf of Thailand over the weekend.

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Soaked with oil slick

With buckets and swaths of absorbent material, soldiers try to soak up the massive oil spill.

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Roll and blot, roll and blot

A Thai soldier rolls out a ream of special paper to blot up the oil spill at Ao Prao Beach.

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Hands-on oil slick

A Thai soldier's gloves are shiny with crude oil as he works to clean up a massive pipeline leak at Ao Prao Beach.

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Goal: Clean up 13,000 gallons of crude oil

The goal of Thai soldiers' clean-up on a Thai resort beach is to remove more than 13,000 gallons — or 50,000 liters — of crude oil.

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