South Korea Struggles To Clean Up Oil Spill
South Korea Struggles to Clean Up Oil Spill
South Korean officials say the last of three holes in the hull of a supertanker was plugged early Sunday, stopping thousands more tons of oil from spilling into the Yellow Sea.
More than 10,000 tons of crude oil gushed into the Sea Friday after a barge struck a Hong Kong-registered supertanker anchored five kilometers off the port of Mallipo, about 90 kilometers southwest of Seoul.
The country's worst-ever oil spill began washing onto the southwest coastline Saturday, polluting beaches and threatening valuable fish farms.
Thousands of police, troops, civil servants and volunteers are working along a 17-kilometer stretch of the west coast to clean up the foul-smelling crude oil.
Maritime Minister Kang Moo-hyun told reporters Sunday it will probably take more than a month to clean up the mess.
The collision left three holes in the 146,000 ton Hebei Spirit's hull.
The tanker was carrying more than 260,000 tons of crude oil.