Taiwan’s offshore Penghu County is facing a serious oil pollution threat along some of its shores from a stranded Thailand-flagged freighter, a local official said Tuesday [Feb, 21, 2012]. The Oberon ran aground in shallow water off Mudou islet, part of the Penghu archipelago, early Sunday in strong winds. All 16 of the vessel’s crew were taken off the battered vessel and the Penghu Defense Command dispatched 200 military personnel to clean leaked fuel oil from the beaches of nearby Siyu Township.More than 64 tons of oil had so far been collected, Col. Li Zi-cheng said.The contamination is “quite serious,” Li told CNA in a telephone interview.”We will continue the cleaning work in the coming week,” he added. The Penghu Islands, also known as Pescadores, are an archipelago off Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait consisting of 90 small islands and islets covering an area of
Penghu islands facing serious oil pollution from stranded ship, CNA, Feb. 21, 2012
The state of Mississippi has reached an agreement on civil penalties with one company over the BP oil spill. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the settlement with MOEX Offshore. MOEX will pay $5 million to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Emergency Fund. The company also agreed to pay an additional $5 million on supplemental environmental projects to promote conservation. The U. S. and five Gulf State affected by the spill jointly negotiated a $90 million settlement with MOEX. Hood says the settlement is only for civil penalties and does not cover damages.
View over the Deepwater Horizon site, WTVA, Feb. 21, 2012