Oil spill nears Corsica coast – Environment

French officials were racing Saturday to minimise the environmental impact of an oil spill approaching eastern Corsica, with two navy boats armed with clean-up equipment heading to the Mediterranean island.
“We fear that part of this pollution will reach the Corsican coast today,” maritime official Christine Ribbe told AFP. 
Two naval ships, equipped with “anti-pollution material and specialised staff”, were steaming to Corsica from their base in Toulon, southern France. 
Some 80 members of the security forces and rescue services are also being drafted in to aid with the clean-up if the oil reaches the coast, local authorities said. 
The heavy-grade oil, which appears to have leaked from a…

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