View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gulf Holds World Record for Oil Spills

Further to the many articles of concern about oil being dumped into UAE waters, an Emirates Business 24-7 article (21 May 2008) makes the claim that the Gulf accounts for 75% of the world’s oil spills.

Here is a taster of Nissar Hoath’s report:

“Seventy-five per cent of the world's oil spills happen in the Gulf, and most are easily preventable, according to a United Nations official tasked with protecting the environment.”

“‘Such environmental disasters cost the energy sector billions of dollars to clean up, on top of the toll they take on fragile marine communities,’ said Dr Benno Boer, ecological sciences adviser to the Arab World at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

“And he said tankers that move through the Gulf routinely leave oil in their wake.”

Follow this link to read the important article:
Nissar Hoath, ‘Gulf Accounts for 75% of World’s Oil Spills,’ Emirates Business 24-7, 21 May 2008.

Dr. Geoff Pound

Other Recent Articles on Oil Spills in UAE Waters
‘Oil Draining’ in Fujairah Waters not ‘Oil Spills’, 11 March 2008

Oil Damages Fujairah beaches, Marine Life and Tourism, 20 February 2008