We live near this oil pipe leak that the Lopez-owned FPIC denied, then later admitted. Now the question is, is it really over?
Engr. Jacinto Orcollo, chief pollution control office of the Environmental Management Bureau in the National Capital Region concurs with Arcilla’s assessment. “It’s very impossible to finish that in a month. ‘Yon ang pwedeng magtagal ng tatlong taon o mahigit pa [That can take three or more years].”
The UP-NIGS team, led by Arcilla, was the one that traced the source of the leak to the FPIC pipeline. The pipeline, where various fuel products are passed, runs from Batangas to the Pandacan oil depot in Manila.
Arcilla emphasized FPIC should be more forthcoming about the clean-up efforts.
“Ang problema talaga d’yan credibility kasi nagsisinungaling ang FPIC. Dati hindi daw sa kanila ang leak pero napatunayan namin na sa kanila, so medyo basa ang papel [The problem is credibility. FPIC first denied the leak came from them but admitted it when we proved it; so their credibility is affected],” Arcilla wryly noted.