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Commendable work by UAE in tackling oil spill.

The recent oil spill off the Sdiyat Island, fortunately deemed minor by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), nevertheless brings into focus an important environmental issue that affects marine-resource rich nations -- accidental oil spills that can lead to major consequences for marine life and the eco-system. The ability of the UAE in tackling oil spills is impressive -- thanks to its strong track record and state-of-the art facilities and with the recent case, it is working towards identifying the cause and source of the spills. This is crucial to containing further mishaps.

Clean-up of a spill places an enormous strain on the time and resources of a country as it involves several approaches, including skimming vessels, use of dispersants through different mechanisms including helicopter sprays, to break up the spill and mop it up. As such, the sooner the cause of the spill is determined, the faster the preventive measures can be put into place. This will help ensure that the UAE coastline -- of which many parts, including the Sdiyat beach, have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag status -- will be preserved, leading to a protected environment for its marine life.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Geographic Code:7UNIT
Date:Feb 22, 2014
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