Costa Concordia: High environmental risk

Italy’s Environmental Authorities are placing a high environmental risk label on the capsized Costa Concordia. Fears for environmental impacts, including impacts on the nearby Tuscan Archipelago National Park, a coastal and marine protected area, are mainly due to the volume of fuel still on board the capsized ship. The volume of fuel on the ship totals 2,380 tonnes. Fuel leakage from the ship will have catastrophic and far-reaching environmental effects on the coastal environment. A fuel removal plan is in place and Italy’s Minister of Environmental Affairs is ready to give the green light for the program, once conditions for fuel removal is stable. The authorities and fuel recovery teams are under great pressure as environmentalists across the globe follow the Costa Concordia’s safe removal from the waters off the Tuscan island of Giglio.

Photo credits: some rights reserved by Il Fatto Quotidiano via flickr.

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