Photos: Oil spill blackens Thai beach

A major oil spill on Sunday, July 28, coated Ao Phrao beach on the popular tourist island of Koh Samet in northern Thailand. Authorities estimate that around 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of crude oil was leaked from an offshore pipeline belonging to PTT Global Chemical, Thailand's largest petrochemical producer, and 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) have washed onto the white sand beaches of the island.

A major oil spill on Sunday, July 28, coated Ao Phrao beach on the popular tourist island of Koh Samet in northern Thailand. Authorities estimate that around 50,000 liters (13,200 gallons) of crude oil was leaked from an offshore pipeline belonging to PTT Global Chemical, Thailand's largest petrochemical producer, and 5,000 liters (1,320 gallons) have washed onto the white sand beaches of the island.