Oil slick in Red Sea’s Ras Gharib
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CAIRO: Containment teams have an oil slick in the Red Sea city of Ras Gharib “under control,” Dr. Ahmed Gulab, the manager of the Northern Islands, told Youm7 Wednesday.

The slick, caused by a spill by the General Company for Petroleum, “has not harmed marine life” including the coral reefs, Gulab said, adding that a report will be prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Environment.

The management of nature reserves and the regional branch of the Environmental Affairs in the Red Sea formed a committee Tuesday to inspect and follow up the extent of the pollution, following communication from the General Petroleum Company alerting the authorities to the existence of the spill near the Bakr station, in an area not used in any tourist activity that is far from natural reserves.

The estimated size of the slick is between 1.5 and 2 square kilometers, based on an aerial survey carried out by the company.

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