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Grande America: pollution drifts towards Spain

Bordeaux - The coastline of New Aquitaine could be largely spared by pollution from the sinking of the freighter Grande America in the Bay of Biscay, the oil slick having curved its movement to Spain, as reported Thursday by the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture

Bordeaux - The coastline of New Aquitaine could be largely spared by pollution from the sinking of the freighter Grande America in the Bay of Biscay, the oil slick having curved its movement to Spain, as reported Thursday by the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture.

According to the latest map released by the maritime prefecture, the front of the pollution was on Wednesday at 17 at about 260 kilometers from the Gironde and 220 kilometers from the Spanish coast.

“Pollution was previously moving eastwards to the French coast (Charente-Maritime / Gironde) and then shifted to the South-East (Landes / Pays-Basque) then to the South and now to the South-West,”the spokesman for the Atlantic Maritime Prefecture, Lieutenant Commander Riaz Akhoune, told Reuters.

Pollution could therefore affect the North West of Spain.

“Even if Spain is affected, one day or another oil pellets will arrive on the French coast. I recall that this is the sinking of a cargo ship and not a tanker and the pollution is therefore localized and not an oil spill, “added the spokesman.

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