Big Oil threatens England’s Jurassic Coast

This video is called Dorset – Jurassic Coast.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Conservation crisis ‘waiting to happen’

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Oil tankers sitting on a World Heritage coastline waiting for oil prices to rise are an “accident waiting to happen,” conservationists have warned.

Around 10 oil tankers carrying about one million tons of crude oil have been sitting in Lyme Bay, on the Jurassic coast on the Dorset-Devon border.

The tankers were thought to be earning oil speculators £1 million per day as they sat in a proposed special area of conservation.

Dorset Wildlife Trust said that the risk of disaster was heightened by recent storms and gale force winds.

The trust’s chief executive Simon Cripps said: “Even a minor spill or accident would devastate one of the world’s most valuable and sensitive coasts, killing animals and plants and ruining livelihoods for years.”

Lyme Bay is home to around 300 recorded species of plants and animals and is considered so important that it has additional laws to protect reefs in parts of the bay from fishermen.

3 thoughts on “Big Oil threatens England’s Jurassic Coast

  1. Wildlife alert after massive Texas oil spill

    Published Date: 25 January 2010

    United States: Crews were working today to protect two sensitive wildlife areas after a huge Texas oil spill closed parts of a major port.
    About 462,000 gallons – 11,000 barrels – of oil spilled into the water on Saturday when an 800ft tanker collided with a towing vessel pushing two barges near Port Arthur, about 90 miles east of Houston.


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