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Athens (AFP) Sept 12, 2017
Emergency crews on Tuesday scrambled to contain an oil spill near Athens after a tanker sank close to Salamis island over the weekend, the coastguard said.
The coastguard said an entire bay on the southeast of the island had been affected after the Agia Zoni II carrying 2.5 metric tonnes of fuel sank.
The spill extends over 1.5 kilometres and the full cleanup will likely require four months, greater Athens fisheries councillor Voula Toutountzi told the capital's municipal radio.
It was not immediately clear what caused the sinking late on Sunday. Weather conditions in the area were mild at the time.
The tanker's captain and chief engineer were charged with negligence and released pending trial.
The coastguard said barriers had been erected to contain the spill and tanker trucks were being used to collect the oil. But much of the fuel ended up on Salamina's beaches regardless.
Efforts to plug the breach in the tanker's hull are ongoing.
Local officials said fishermen had been told to avoid the area.
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2017
An effort to raise up to $4.8 million to help fund drilling operations at a reservoir in Cuba fell well short of its goal, Melbana Energy Ltd. said. Melbana is one of the few Western companies, and the only one listed on Australia's stock exchange, with an established footprint in Cuba. It initiated a push last month to raise capital for its preliminary efforts and said that through the ... read more
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