Gallery: “Contaminant Slick” Leaking from Shipwrecked Costa Concordia R...

 

As divers and rescue workers continue to provide aid to the massive shipwrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, a thin contaminant slick has begun to appear on the surface, raising concerns of a full-fledged oil spill in the bay. Fears of a fuel leak have been on everyone’s minds since the sinking ship began to break up against the rocks, and for good reason – the ship can carry a whopping 500,000 gallons of fuel, which is enough to devastate the region’s coastline. Anticipating these concerns, the Italian government has hired Dutch salvage company SMIT to remove the ship’s half million gallons of fuel once rescue dives end this weekend. The company predicts that removing the diesel from all of the ship’s 17 tanks will take almost a month to complete.

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