"The impact of a spill will be catastrophic," says UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, David Gressly, adding "our estimate is that $20 billion would be spent just to clean the oil spill."
Energy firm Repsol blamed the volcanic eruption in Tonga for a major oil spill of nearly 6,000 barrels.
Officials reopen shoreline in Huntington Beach as water quality tests show no detectable levels of oil-associated toxins, nine days after an undersea pipeline leaked crude oil into the ocean.
Emergency workers are trying to prevent 20,000 tonnes of oil from sinking down to the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea and reaching the coasts of Turkey and Northern Cyprus.
MV X-Press Pearl burnt for 13 days, inundating the island’s beaches with plastic pellets, causing environmentalists to fear an oil spill could cause even greater degradation to fragile marine life.
An offshore oil leak has injured marine wildlife and closed beaches in one of the worst oil spills in the country’s history. Authorities say it could take months or years to clean up.
The number of dolphins washed up dead near a Mauritius oil spill site increased to 38 on Friday, a government official says.
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth says the country will seek compensation for the extensive environmental damage from the Japanese ship's owner, Nagashiki Shipping company.
The MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, began leaking oil after it struck a reef and went aground off the Indian Ocean island's southeast coast on July 25.
Thousands of students, environmental activists, and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef.
Ecuador officials announced on December 22 that a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands, caused when a barge sank carrying over 2,200 litres of diesel fuel, was "under control."
Oil slicks have been appearing for three months off the coast of northeast Brazil and fouling beaches along a 2,000-kilometre area of Brazil's most celebrated shoreline. The government names a Greek-flagged tanker as the prime suspect.
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