Hotels at the
Hotels reported that more oil washed up this afternoon (20 April) with some guests complaining about the smell in the air and their inability to use the beach and sea facilities.
One diver reported that he and others who went diving yesterday got covered in oil and had to cut their excursion early to clean their equipment. The reports differ along the coastline. One Al Aqah diving company this evening reported “little bits of tar” in the water today that were judged insufficient to cancel their diving instruction classes.
Oil Dumping Saga
During the oil dumping saga of 2008 there were concerns expressed by commentators and fishermen that not enough was being done in surveillance and in apprehending oil tanker captains who dump.
An Opinion piece in The National (15 September 2008) declared that there were ‘No Excuses for these Oil Slicks’ and judged that current monitoring measures were ineffective and unacceptable.
In this same article, however, the journalist indicated a change of attitude with the
At this stage the
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Image: One of the beach cleaners and sand sifters that are used for regular and special cleaning on the East Coast beaches.