PRESTIGE OIL TANKER SINKS, SPANISH COAST - Dec 2002
In Dec. 18, oil continued to leak from the sunken Prestige tanker at a rate of about 33,000 gallons per day, more than a month after the tanker ruptured. The Spanish government then closed the Galician fisheries and 1,000 miles of coastline, putting most of Galicia's population immediately out of work just before the height of the fishing and shellfish season.
Environmental groups estimate that 15,000 birds have died so far, including rare and protected species. The Prestige could go on leaking its remaining cargo of 20 million gallons – approximately twice what the Exxon Valdez spilled into Prince William Sound in Alaska – for years, possibly until the year 2006. Read more at AlterNet.org.
Oil Spillage - photo: WWF
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