Oil Spills Detected Off Bulgarian Black Sea Coast - Report

Environment | August 4, 2010, Wednesday // 14:45|  views

One of the four major oil slicks in the Black Sea coast is close to Bulgaria's Varna. Photo by blacksea-online.com

Several oil slicks have been detected in the Black Sea off the coast of Bulgaria and Romania via satellite monitoring by the BlackSea-online.com project.

“Significant oil spills were identified in Bulgarian and Romanian shelf waters, in particular near cities of Varna and Constanta,” states the report of the non-commercial monitoring organization.

The total area of the oil slicks is reported to be more than ten square kilometers. The distance from them to the Bulgarian and Romanian coasts is about 30 km.

According to the experts of the environmental project, the pollution has the character of marine spills but its precise origin is unclear. The spill are dated to July 19, 2010.

The satellite images show four major oil slicks, three of which are up north and closer to the Romanian Black Sea coast, and only one of which is near Varna.

The BlackSea-oline.com project includes information from a couple of other projects such as “Space Monitoring of Oil Pollution of the Black Sea”, “Monitoring of Ground Deformations on the Black Sea Coast.” The partners in the these projects include the European Space Agency, the Russian Oil&Gas Forum, Oil, Gas & Stock Market, Rosgeolfonds Marine Branch, GIS Consult Group, Geomarketing Research Center, Russian Oil, State Scientific Centre YUZHMORGEOLOGIYA.

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Tags: oil spill, oil slicks, Black Sea, Black Sea coast, Varna, Constanta, Romania, BlackSea Online, European Space Agency, satellite monitoring


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