Authorities warn that an oil spill the size of New York City could hit Cyprus

Authorities warn that an oil spill the size of New York City could hit Cyprus


Authorities have warned that an oil spill the size of New York, which has spread across the Mediterranean Sea, could reach Cyprus.

Last week, 20,000 tons of heating oil leaked from a power plant in Baniyas on the Syrian Mediterranean coast.

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Authorities have warned that an oil spill the size of New York, which has spread across the Mediterranean Sea, could reach Cyprus.

Last week, 20,000 tons of heating oil leaked from a power plant in Baniyas on the Syrian Mediterranean coast.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974. The Republic of Cyprus has effective control over the southern two thirds of the island.

The government said Tuesday it had “detected” no signs of the oil spill in the areas it controlled and had expressed its willingness to help authorities in the north fight the pollution.

“Unfortunately, we have not received any information or answers from the authorities of the illegal regime and therefore remain vigilant,” Environment Minister Costas Kadis told the Cypriot news agency.

The deputy head of the Tartous Governorate Executive Bureau Bassam Hamoud had said that the Tartous Governor had set up a committee to deal with the pollution from the leak once the incident happened.

The committee was given full authority to contain the situation, he added.

The Syrian electricity minister said the size of the leak was between two and four tons of fuel.

Although the Syrian government said the leak was small and limited, Cyprus’ Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Minister Costas Kadis said Monday that they are systematically monitoring the situation and ready to intervene if necessary.

Syria suffers from a huge fuel shortage, which is affecting electricity. The country’s government is promoting the switch to alternative energies, especially solar energy.

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