"Definitive solution" for Prestige cargo

Spain has announced that oil group Repsol is to extract the remaining 37,000 tonnes of fuel oil from the wrecked oil tanker Prestige lying at a depth of over 3,000 metres in the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel had some 77,000 tonnes on board when it sank last year (EED 20/11/02). Repsol proposes to bring up 1,000 tonnes of oil at a time in a "shuttle bag". Environmental group Ecologists in action welcomed the decision to recover the Prestige's remaining cargo but described the proposal as "science fiction". See press release.

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