In France, protests continue against the Government's handling of the Amoco Cadiz oil disaster. As?
In France, protests continue against the Government's handling of the Amoco Cadiz oil disaster. As oil continued to spill on to the beaches of Brittany, the people of Paimpol were out in force on Wednesday, (29 March) demanding effective measures to combat pollution, and calling for compensation for those whose livelihoods were threatened.
SYNOPSIS: Crude oil, which has leaked from the Amoco Cadiz has polluted 200 kilometres OI coastline, and this has brought strong protests from the people of Brittany. The people of Paimpol, like those in Brest on Tuesday, were complaining noisily at the French government's failure to deal effectively with the pollution.
Unlike the rally in Brest, the Paimpol protest was comparatively peaceful. In Brest, more than 2,000 demonstrators, representing trade unionists, Communists, conservationists and Breton fishermen, had clashed with police, and tear gas had to be used to disperse them. A number had t be taken away in ambulance.
Along the 200 kilometres of coastline, crude oil, or the 'black tide', as it is now called, continued to spill ashore. Since the Amoco Cadiz went aground off Portsall, Brittany, on the 16th of March an estimated 200,000 tonnes of crude oil has escaped from the wreck, killing sea birds and fish and threatening Brittany's normally-thriving tourist trade. Peak spring tides have spread to sludge higher up the shoreline and hampered cleaning-up efforts.
Nearly 3,000 soldiers and thousands of civilian volunteers have been helping clean up the beaches and harbours. Officials say that an average of 2,000 tonnes of oil is now being removed daily, but every tide has brought in more.
New legislation, which was rushed through the weekly Cabinet meeting last week, came into force on Wednesday. This bans tankers from sailing closer than seven nautical miles from the western tip of Brittany.