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Lebanon Oil Spill May Rival Exxon Valdez of 1989

Posted on August 9th, 2006 at 12:15 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Lebanon’s oil spill, caused by Israeli bombardment of oil storage units at a power plant, may rival the leakage from the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989 if left untreated, the United Nations Environment Program said.

“In the worst case scenario, and if all the oil contained in the bombed power plant at Jiyyeh leaked into the Mediterranean Sea, the Lebanese oil spill could well rival the Exxon Valdez disaster of 1989,” the UN said in an e-mailed statement today.

The spill has yet to be cleaned up or assessed more than three weeks after the bombing of the coastal Jiyyeh power plant south of Beirut because of the continuation of hostilities, Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the UN Environment Program, said in the statement.

The spill, which has polluted around two-thirds of the Lebanese coast and spread into neighboring Syria, may threaten East Mediterranean countries such as Cyprus and Turkey, Lebanon’s Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf has said.


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  1. Sophiagallina
    The extent of the disaster is really tragic. I have just seen some of the footage Greenpeace has sent from there.
    On the video (link below) you see what the impact has been on the sea bed.
    http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/ocean-defenders-tv
    Unfortunately these spills happen more regularly than most people think. There is an article on the Greenpeace website about it.
    http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/the-expedition/news/recent-oil-spills

  2. Full disclosure: the above comment was posted from a greenpeace computer in amsterdam, according to my server logs. I do agree that the disaster is tragic, though.

Mac Pro taken apart!

Posted on August 9th, 2006 at 10:42 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

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Monday, Steve accounced the Mac Pro. Today, the first pictures of a Mac Pro taken apart appear on the web. I guess that’s a new record…


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Weird Billboard Follow-Up: The Bullshit Deepens

Posted on August 9th, 2006 at 7:00 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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UPDATE: A special Curbed correspondent informs us that the viral marketing geniuses are from Court TV. Can you smell the letdown?


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