February 17, 2009

Oil spill causes Irish alert

Per BBC World News, an oil slick thought to have leaked into the Celtic Sea from Russian ships is heading towards Ireland and Wales.

Over 1,000 tons of oil are reported to be racing towards the Irish coastline. Russian officials deny the oil slick is as large as the British coastguard has stated. The oil slick was noticed on Feb. 14 and occurred while two Russian ships were trying to refuel off the Irish coast, according to BBC.

Twitter users say pollution alert has been issued for the area.

@felix85 (Ireland): RTE: An oil pollution alert has been declared off the coast of Ireland after two Russian warships were involved in a fuel spill accident

@billywaters (Dublin, Ireland): @adamcurry rt An oil pollution alert declared off Irish coast following an incident in which two Russian warships ... http://bit.ly/12pXX0

@nonsequitir (Dublin, Ireland): Oil slick just 30-40 miles of the south east coast and we have to send samples to Scotland for analysis? WTF?????

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