Breaking News: Italy Faces ‘Ecological Disaster’ from Oil Spill
Yesterday, an oil spill occurred in one of Italy’s small, northern rivers. Today, that spill reached the Po River.
The cause of the spill is believed to be sabotage at a former refinery, now turned into an oil depot. Apparently, the cisterns of the depot were opened, thus allowing the oil to flow into the Lambro River, near Monza. Secchi officials estimate that 2.5 million liters (660,000 gallons) of oil were spilt. This is a concern for environmentalists, as the Po River valley is home to many birds and aquatic life.
Then, there is also the matter of Italy’s agriculture. The Po River valley happens to be the most important agricultural region in Italy and is also a major irrigation source. Oil-covered ducks have already been pulled from the contaminated water. Other animals at risk include fish and herons, according to the WWF.
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By Heidi Marshall