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Tech & Science Maritime pollution off Corsica, the Polmar Earth Plan

14:30  12 june  2021
14:30  12 june  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Deux nappes d'hydrocarbures s’étendent sur près de 35 km en longueur, et dérivent vers la côte corse. Photo diffusée le samedi 12 juin par la marine nationale. © National Marine Two hydrocarbon tablecloths extend over about 35 km long, and derive to the Corsican coast. Photo broadcast on Saturday, June 12 by the National Marine.

The setpoint of the prefecture is clear: while a hydrocarbon tablecloth should touch the coast this Saturday, the population should not "not touch or proceed by itself to the collection of cakes they may be likely to find On the beaches, "warned the Prefect Francois Ravier. The Polmar Terre Plan (Marine Pollution), dedicated to the protection of the coast, has been activated Saturday. It identifies the nature of pollution, defining the extent of impact and implementing depollution sites.

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Friday, mid-day, polluting materials, containing heavy hydrocarbons, were spotted 9 km from the east coast of Corsica, between Aléria and Solenzara, an area that has many sandy beaches. The two tablecloths extend nearly 35 km long, and derive towards the coast. Some materials are nevertheless visible up to 800 meters from the coast, specified Christine Ribbe, spokesman for the Mediterranean Maritime Prefecture, invited from France Inter Saturday. "We fear that part of this pollution touches the Corsican coasts today [Saturday] ," she said.

[ #Pollution ] Detecting a hydrocarbon pollution at sea is Corsican (aléria-solenzara), 10km from the coast, confirmed by ✈️falcon50 @Marinenational and vedette libecciu @douane_france on zone. Mobile mobilization in progress.

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Coordination with @ prefet2b and @ prefet2a . pic.twitter.com/i3nynipyq

- Maritime Prefecture of the Mediterranean (@premarmed) June 11, 2021

"Helicopter and aircraft monitoring Saturday in the middle of the morning has allowed to locate several scattered tablecloths, some of which are very Near coasts, one of them a few hundred meters ", said Christine Ribbe, pointing out that the reconnaissance overflights continue. The prefect of Haute-Corse has banned access to the beaches of the municipalities of Aleria until Venturyi. Fishing is also prohibited on these same sectors.

This material "probably results from a degassing but the size and nature of the products do not expect a natural dilution and need to engage units and specific antipollution" , specified an release of the Méditerranée Maritime Prefecture Published Friday. An investigation has been opened and entrusted to the Maritime Gendarmerie, Dominique Laurens, the Prosecutor of Marseille, competent for maritime pollution cases on the French Mediterranean littoral. "An analysis of maritime traffic in the area is in progress" , she added.

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In 2018 already, about fifty Cape Corse beaches, north of the island, had been affected by fuel pollution because of the collision of two ships.

Hydrocarbon pollution had been spotted Friday during a military exercise from the Solenzara Air Base, and then confirmed by a Falcon50 aircraft sent by the Navy. The Customs Featured

Libecciu, based in Bastia, made the first samples. Some 80 civil security soldiers, firefighters and gendarmes were deployed . "They are equipped with soil collection tools if they came to touch the ribs as well as protection material" , specified the prefecture. Two high-seas support and support buildings, pioneer and Jason, must also arrive from Toulon this Saturday, "with anti-pollution specific materials and specialized staff of the Toulon Naval Base Anti-Pollution" . These vessels 70 meters long and 16 meters wide are capable of moving nearly 3,000 tonnes.

Corsica affected by an episode of fine particles .
Possible stagnation on the coast Monday The forecast models confirm the risk of exceeding information thresholds for this Sunday, June 20 and a possible stagnation on the whole coastline Corsica for the day of Monday 21 June. a week ago, because of strong heat, it was the department of Bouches-du-Rhône which was on alert pollution, which had led to the lowering of the speed of circulation of 20 km / h on all roads.

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