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More Eco-Terrorism in Antarctica

Posted by feww on February 28, 2008

The critters who commit acts of eco-terrorism (the tourists and the tourism industry) need urgent rehabilitation. And if that fails, they should be put behind bars for the rest of their wretched lives to protect the environment.

“BUENOS AIRES, Nov 23 (IPS) – The second accident this year involving a cruiseliner in the Antarctic is alarming the countries that protect and conserve the frozen continent, which are persisting in their demands for penalties in cases of disasters that cause pollution.”

“Mariano Mémoli, the head of the National Antarctic Directorate at the Argentine Foreign Ministry, told IPS “we are extremely concerned by the frequency of these accidents, but the other countries, which are also alarmed, are taking their time about signing laws to defend the environment.”

“[T]he M/S Explorer, a tourist cruise ship, collided with an iceberg close to the South Shetland Islands, north of the Antarctic Peninsula, shortly after five a.m. on Friday. The 154 people on board, passengers and crew, were taken off in lifeboats and inflatable dinghies, and the damaged ship was left listing at an angle of 45º.”

“… The liner was carrying 185 tons of fuel, and the first assessments agreed that towing it would be risky and costly.” (!)

“Mémoli said that the diesel oil carried by the cruiser is a light fuel, most of which will evaporate, but the residue is highly toxic and soluble in water. “This is an area of high biological value, with penguins, seals, elephant seals, and a range of fish and bird species,” he said.”

“The ship, 73 metres in length and with a beam of 14 metres, flies the Liberian flag. It was built in Finland and is operated by GAP Adventures, a Canadian tourist company.”

“Most of the passengers, who paid an average 8,000 dollars for the cruise, were from the UK, the Netherlands, the U.S. and Australia.” Read more …

See also previous entry and debate: Eco Tourism?

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