Saturday, August 12, 2006

Update on the oil spill in Lebanon

The oil spill caused by the July 14 and 15 Israeli attacks on the Jiyyeh powerplant's fuel-oil reservoirs has reached the coast of Syria (total of 140 km contaminated) and is threatening the marine life, including endangered species of sea turtles that lay eggs on Lebanese sands during the spring.

The time it will take to clean up is one year, the cost 150 Million US dollars, and the time for the negative impact to disappear at least 5 years.
Source: L'ORIENT-LEJOUR quoting the Lebanese Minister of the Environment

Here are some pictures and satellite images showing the extent of the oil spill: (larger than the Prestige spill in 2002, comparable to the Erika spill in 1999 and the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989) (source)

More on some of the species found in the palm islands nature preserve (off the coast of Tripoli and currently covered by oil), can be found on the Lebanese ministry of tourism website.


At 8/12/2006 11:33 AM, Anonymous Liliane said...

Interesting, gharib min wein bit jib hal articles, always different and interesting!

So it will take 1 year... I guess the environment in Lebanon is not so good, I also heard that UN fears that the spread of energy that happened in Lebanon might cause cancer!

At 8/12/2006 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and Israel gets away with all this unpunished.. yet again. not even a slap on the wrist =/ It's a shame...


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