Prestige report gives Galicia seabed all-clear

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10 November 2006, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA — Four years after the Prestige oil tanker disaster, the worst environmental damage may be over.

10 November 2006

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA — Four years after the Prestige oil tanker disaster, the worst environmental damage may be over.

A report published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin said the environmental impact of the worst oil spill in Spain's maritime history might have been less severe than first thought.

When the oil tanker sank in 2002 off Galicia, the coast of western and northern Spain was covered in toxic black sludge after the spillage of 70,000 tonnes of oil .

The aftermath can still be found today in oil buried a metre under the sand.

But the report said: "A year after the accident, the quality of the water, primary reproduction and the levels of contamination on the seabed had returned to how they were before."

Though some species had suffered, particularly crustaceans, by 2004 most had recovered, the report added.

But others disagreed.

Belen Rubio, who has been studying the impact of the spill, said: "Every time there is a storm, oil appears. There is less than before but it's still there."

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Subject: Spanish news

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