15 January 2017

Changi Beach after oil spill

Nearly two weeks after the 300-tonne oil spill in the East Johor Strait, a check at low spring tide shows a fuller extent of the impact at Changi Beach near Carpark 1 and 2.
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There were lots of people out on the beach. Families with kids playing in the sand and the water. Oil remains on stakes and bags on the beach that appear to be part of erosion control. Is the water really 'normal' already?


Lots of people with small children were playing in the water and the sand on the beach. Probably because NEA said a week ago that "test results have shown that the seawater quality is normal."
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There was a small hole, probably dug out by a child playing on the beach. And the water in it didn't look too good.
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There is a series of stakes and bags near Carpark 2 all the way to Carpark 4. They look like some effort at erosion control. This is what I saw here one day after the oil spill happened.
Oil spill in the Johor Strait (5 Jan 2017) from Changi Carpark 4

Oil spill in the Johor Strait (5 Jan 2017) from Changi Carpark 4

Oil spill in the Johor Strait (5 Jan 2017) from Changi Carpark 4

About a week later, the stakes and bags look very much the same, still heavily coated in oil.
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
The oil stains the stakes and bags are a particular level.
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There are living snails covered in oil crawling on the stakes.
Oiled unidentified Rock periwinkle snails (Family Littorinidae)
The stakes are failing at some parts of the shore. Now would probably be a good time to think about replacing these soon to improve erosion control and remove a source of oil?
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017
There were several people fishing near the oiled stakes. Is it safe to consume such wild caught marine life?
Changi Point beach after oil spill in Johor Strait, Jan 2017

Today, Chay Hoon and I also surveyed these areas for oil spill impact


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