Philippines oil spill – level 2

13-03-2023 15:00

On 28 February, tanker MT Princess Express started to have problems with the engine in the rough sea.

The tanker, which carried 800,000 liters of industrial fuel, sank to the bottom of the sea.

The oil spill got to the Philippines’ Mindoro Island, and it stained its beaches. Many people tried to clean them, but once they did it, the sea brought more oil.

Authorities said that they located the tanker and that it was 366 meters deep, off Oriental Mindoro province. Scientists said that about 36,000 hectares of coral reefs, mangroves, and sea grass could be in danger.

Difficult words: oil spill (when oil gets into the sea or other body of water), stain (to make dirty), locate (to know where exactly something or someone is).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

What are the potential long-term environmental impacts of this oil spill on Mindoro Island?


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