Oil spill tarnishes French nature reserve
Experts on Sunday will begin taking stock of the impact of an oil spill from a pipeline that runs through a nature reserve in the south of FranceMarseille - Experts on Sunday will begin taking stock of the impact of an oil spill from a pipeline that runs through a nature reserve in the south of France, officials said Saturday.
Some 4,000 cubic metres of crude oil spilled from the pipeline that runs from Fos-sur-Mer, northwest of the French Mediterranean port of Marseille, to Karlsruhe, Germany via the Coussoulis de Crau reserve.
Efforts to clean up the oil were completed on Saturday, but the Societe du Pipeline Sud-Europeen said a survey will be carried out Sunday ahead of the excavation of two hectares (five acres) of polluted land.
Local drinking-water supplies are not at risk, but several protected species on the reserve have been affected -- prompting the Bouches-du-Rhone department to say that a "precise evaluation" of the impact on wildlife will be needed.
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