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First Posted 20:57:00 06/19/2014
Last Updated 17:20:00 07/03/2014

Update: 5:20 pm July 3, 2014

Biliran provincial monitoring committee recommends suspension of BGI operations

Update: 7:00 pm June 20, 2014

Less than 24 hours after their gas exposure, Armand Licup, (Geologist), Noland Maceda (Reservoir Engineer), and Porsteinn Sigmarsson (Icelandic Consultant) are fully recovered as they attended the regular BGI Reservoir Meeting. According to BGI, other affected personnel Johannes Porarinsson (Deputy Resident Engineer) and Lee Marvin Moran (Safety Supervisor) are in Ormoc Doctors Hospital. They are accordingly scheduled to be discharged soon. Kevin Hasler (Safety Consultant) and Rhoey Romero (Safety Officer), on the other hand, are in Chong Hua hospital in Cebu for further observation. Rhoey Romero is in a stable condition and is responding very well as per Dr. Jet Solite of the Biliran Provincial Hospital who accompanied the patients in Cebu.


Update: At 11 am today, BGI will give official statement over 103.9 Radyo Natin FM regarding the gas leak incident at their drilling site yesterday. There is also live streaming of the BGI report at Radyo Natin at

Eight workers of the Biliran Geothermal, Incorporated (BGI) who were at the drilling site in Sitio Pulang yuta, Brgy. Cabibihan, Caibiran in the province of Biliran collapsed after they allegedly inhale gas that made breathing difficult.


According to the source, the accident happened at around 2:20 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

BGI in its statement released to said, “Initial investigation shows that H2S was controlled and it was an ammonia-like gas that caused the drowsiness of the staff. There was no serious injury and the situation is stable already. Once the investigation is complete we will release details of the incident.”

The victims were rushed to the Biliran Provincial Hospital in Naval, Biliran for emergency treatment.


The victims were Honey Roy Romero, 28 years old from Atipolo, Naval; Victor Rosario, 37 years old from Cabibihan, Caibiran; Nolan Maceda,55 years old from Antipolo City; Armando Licop, 55 years old from Tandang Sora, Manila; Lee Marvin Moran,40 years old from Palo, Leyte; Johaines Smari Pararinsson,41 years old ; Kevin Kasler,49 years old and Thorstein Sigmarsson, 47 years old, all from Zitieze, Iceland.


Two of the victims were airlifted at 6:15 pm by a private helicopter direct to Cebu while one victim was brought to Ormoc by the BPH ambulance since he can no longer be accommodate in the chopper. The three victims will be treated in a private hospital in Cebu City.


BGI further said that they will release the official statement about the incident tomorrow, Friday, June 20, 2014.

The gas leak accident site in the BGI drilling area. Photo by Jalmz
The gas leak accident site in the BGI drilling area. Photo by Jalmz


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  1. Biliran Island, bakit po walang news sa accident kahapon? Nakabangga po ang BGI GGC Van kahapon sa Barangay Capinahan. At Isa ang patay. Balita namin wala na po ang naka bangga na BGI van dyan sa Naval Gym at Naval Police Station.

    Kawawa naman po ang kamag anak at pamilya ni “Junpaks”. Mabait po at masipag si Junpaks at may limang anak.

    Wag nyo po itago ang katutuhanan BGI.

  2. na bulgar na gyud ang mga kapalpakan sa tag BGI mga expert kuno unsa man lagi nga uban man sila sa kadismayo ang ila mga puti nga nag manage sa drilling nag pa kita lang nga dili gyud sila maka pugong kung naa mahitabo sa katawhan dapat mag huna huna ang mga leader nga nag tugot sa BGI kay mu abot gyud gud ang panahon nga daghan ma apektuhan ana nga h2s…nahitabo na ni last feb 5 ang nadala sa hospital sa pag open nila ana nga bulb kay dili gani na ma open ug dili ma release ang pressure mu sabog ang ila drilling ug ila lang i open kung ang hangin adto sa naval ang direction.. kay layo man ang naval,…gamay lang kaayo ang biliran island dapat dili gyud ipadayon ang geothermal kay di gyud ta maka predict kung unsa ang mahitabo pag abot sa panahon kung mag dugay pa ang ila drilling sa caibiran


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