14 November 2007 11:40 [Source: ICIS news]
MOSCOW (ICIS news)--No sulphur has leaked from tankers which sunk in the Black Sea during storms, Russian authorities said on Wednesday, alleviating fears of further pollution on top of widespread oil slicks which have blighted the region’s wildlife.
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The ministry dispatched about 1,000 personnel on Wednesday to collect leaked oil waste from the shores.
Four ships sank, six vessels ran aground and two oil tankers were damaged in the storm on Sunday which also led to chemical shipping delays in the region.
Oil products leaked from the Volganeft-139, causing what many have called an unprecedented environmental disaster and potentially killing 30,000 sea birds.
Officials estimated the oil clean-up alone cost more than €100m ($145m) and take 10-15 years.
($1 = €0.68)
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