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Saturday 20 September 2014

County safe from major oil spillage

Published 25/02/2009 | 10:39

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THERE IS NO immediate threat that a major oil spill at sea will hit the Wexford coast, according to the Irish Coast Guard this week.

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The spillage which happened 10 days ago below the Fastnet lighthouse, was about 40 miles south of Ballycotton in Cork earlier this week.

It is moving at about five nautical miles a day and travelling parallel to the coastline. Based on weather forecasts, it is expected to move northwards, away from the Irish coast.

The oil is continuing to weather and disperse over a wide area, according to a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Meanwhile, a senior Russian naval delegation led by Vice Admiral Popov met with the Minister of State at the Department of the Marine, Noel Ahern and Coast Guard officials.

During the meeting, the Russian navy which earlier admitted that two of its vessels refuelled near the spillage site, acknowledged responsibility for the incident and expressed regret.

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