2002 Galician oil spill
2002 Galician oil spill
SPAIN has filed a $5 billion (£3 billion) law suit against the American Bureau of Shipping, alleging the maritime group failed to ensure that the oil tanker Prestige was seaworthy.
Revolutions start in the aftermath of wars. War might appear to be a melodramatic word to use to describe the clean-up operation in north-western Spain after the black tide of fuel spilled from the wreck of the tanker Prestige two months ago, but it can seem like the most appropriate analogy for Galician communities fighting every day to preserve their future livelihoods.
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THOUSANDS more tonnes of fuel will eventually spill from the wreck of the oil tanker Prestige which sank off the Spanish coast, according to a report published yesterday.
SINCE the age of ten, Candido Marcos de Santiago has risked his life fishing for percebes, or goose barnacles, on the Costa da Morte - the Coast of Death.
UP TO 125 tonnes of fuel oil are leaking from the sunken tanker Prestige every day, threatening further damage to the coastline of north-west Spain, officials said yesterday.
AN oil tanker which broke in two and sank off the north-western coast of Spain is spewing out 33,000 gallons of oil a day - and could continue to do so for the next three years, the head of a Spanish scientific commission has said.
POPE John Paul appealed yesterday for a concerted effort to overcome the "serious catastrophe" afflicting northern Spain following the sinking of a tanker and release of tonnes of oil.
SPANISH fishermen were last night bracing themselves for economic ruin after another vast oil slick from the sunken Prestige threatened to hit the beaches.
CLEAN-UP ships and fishermen battled to protect Spanish beaches from a huge new wave of fuel oil heading towards the north-west coast from the sunken tanker Prestige yesterday.
ONE in 10 oil tankers using a major shipping lane off the west coast of Scotland is ignoring safety advice designed to prevent an environmental catastrophe, coastguards have revealed.
THE stricken oil tanker Prestige snapped in two because it was forced to turn around too quickly by a Portuguese warship, a German news magazine yesterday.
MORE sludge from the major oil spill from the tanker Prestige washed ashore yesterday, tarring new stretches of north-west Spain’s coastline.
THE oil tanker Prestige appeared to be holding on to its cargo of toxic fuel oil yesterday after breaking into two pieces and sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
BIRDS and oil do not mix. Oil coats feathers, ruining their waterproofing and insulation and causing birds to drown or die of cold. If they survive oiling, seabirds are likely to be affected from ingesting oil when preening. This can have long-term effects on breeding.
OIL salvage workers were today hoping to avert a major ecological disaster after the stricken tanker Prestige finally sank in the Atlantic.
AS THE Prestige steamed out of the Latvian port of Ventspils just over two weeks ago, the multinational crew on board the massive oil tanker did not even know where they were heading.
A BEDRAGGLED razorbill, its entire body covered with sticky fuel oil, still has enough strength to peck indignantly at green-coated Spanish vets trying to clean some of the pollution from its feathers.
FEARS of an environmental disaster were mounting last night after the stricken tanker Prestige sank 150 miles off the Spanish coast with some 60,000 tonnes of fuel oil still on board.
THE sinking of a stricken tanker poses the biggest risk of an environmental catastrophe, according to a leading oil spill expert.
SCIENTISTS are divided over the long-term environmental effects of oil spills, but they agree that the volume of oil lost is not the key factor in the damage they caused.