Oil Spill dumps 2,200 tons into Black Sea

MOSCOW (AP) _ There's been a huge oil spill in the Black Sea.

Officials say a Russian oil tanker broke in two during a storm
Sunday and dumped some 2,200 tons of fuel oil in a strait, three
miles from shore.

A Russian environmental official describes it as a serious
environmental problem that will take years to resolve.

High seas and wind are preventing emergency crews from trying to
contain it.

A regional prosecutor blamed the flimsy design of the tanker,
which he says was not built to withstand rough seas. It says it was
designed during the Soviet era to carry oil on rivers.

The same storm sank another Russian ship today. It was carrying
2,000 tons of sulfur. The sulfur apparently doesn't pose an
environmental threat but the ship's fuel tanks were loaded with oil
and there is concern it could spill.


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