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So many oil spills: Here’s what you need to know about oil spills & why they cause such massive jams

There is yet another major oil spill that happened yesterday. This time, it happened in Lornie road at about 4.15am in the early morning. Being a major spill, it affected much of the traffic on the main road. However, a driver commented that the traffice was mostly kept under control during the incident, albeit moving quite slowly.

Image: asiaone.com
Image: asiaone.com

SCDF officers and NEA officers were called to the rescue to clean up the spill. It was only after LTA stepped in that the spill was successfully resolved via resurfacing the two lanes, rendering the road fully operational only at 4.40pm – a full 12 hours later.

Image: Straitstimes.com

This is the fourth major spill that has happened so far, with the previous three being on PIE, BTE and Kampong Bahru. These spills required resurfacing of the roads, thus causing them to be closed and resulting in major traffic congestion for both public and private transport vehicles,

There were a total of 1625 oil spills last year, according to SCDF. That actually means an average of about 4-5 spills a day, but most of them are considered minor. It is pretty rare to witness these 3 major incidents within a span of half a month.

Is this phenomenon happening because oil prices are dropping? We hope not. Singaporeans, please don’t waste oil just because it is cheap.

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