Oil slick in Poland raises environmentalist concerns

United Press International reported today that a 30 kilometre-long oil slick continued to flow down the Vistula River towards the Baltic Sea.

Polish Radio reported that environmentalists are increasingly concerned as this is the second time in just a week when oil has leaked from a crude oil pipeline into the main Polish river that connects the cities of Krakow, Warsaw and the tri-city region of Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot. They are expecially concerned about the effects on birds that gather around the river during the current cold period.

Firefighters were engaged in emergency work to gather huge amounts of crude oil that spilled in the Vistula Sunday near Plock.

A Russian watchdog group has said an ecological disaster is pending if the oil reaches the Baltic Sea.


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