The spill last week, after two vessels collided in the Pearl River estuary, left white globs of jelly-like palm oil in the water and strewn across beaches.
“The river was beautiful many years ago. Now, the waters are murky and sludgy. The companies have caused destruction. The river is gone and with that our lives are gone.”
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In spite of set protocols, an initial denial that a spill had occurred at all, followed by a failure to inform the coast guard, put the port’s lack of preparedness on display.