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    Exclamation Norway’s Only Marine Reserve Hit by Oil Spill

    NORWEGIAN authorities are struggling to contain an oil spill after an Icelandic cargo ship holding hundreds of tonnes of fuel ran aground inside Norway's only marine natural reserve.
    The Godafoss, which it is believed contains a total of 800 tonnes of fuel, is leaking from the middle of both sides and some of the oil had reached the shore, the Norwegian Coastal Administration (NCA) said in a statement.

    Experts were rushed to the scene to determine how extensive the leak was, and two floating barriers were set up around the ship to limit the damage.

    Several NCA anti-pollution ships and tugboats also sailed to the accident site.

    The Godafoss became stuck on a rock late on Thursday as it carried 439 containers from the southeastern Norwegian town of Fredrikstad to the southern Swedish town of Helsingborg.

    The weather conditions were considered relatively favourable to a clean-up, with a calm sea and moderate winds expected to help drive the oil slick away from the fragile shoreline.

    However some of the oil had reached the shore of one island by late morning, NCA said.

    The Swedish coastguard sent an anti-pollution ship and a surveillance plane to help their colleagues in Norway.

    "There is a risk that this oil will reach the Swedish coast," they said in a statement.

    The Ytre Hvaler park is Norway's only marine natural reserve, and is not far from the Swedish Kosterhavet marine national park.

    According to Norway's environment ministry, the park created in June 2009 stretches across 354 square kilometres and is home to a wide variety of sea birds, marine life and fragile coral reefs


    Source:http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/wor...-1226008473254

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    Pretty sad

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    In Norway something like this is a big problem because the temperatures are relatively cool and the oil will take a long time to decompose. Here in the States, if we have a spill in the Gulf of Mexico it usually isn't that big of a problem. The high temperatures in the gulf cause the oil to decompose quickly, nature fixes itself. In cooler climates, like that of Alaska it's a different story. Had it not been for clean-up efforts, the Exxon-Valdez spill would have been virtually unchanged since it happened.

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