On Wednesday afternoon, an oil spillage was detected near the southern coast of Gran Canaria, in the town of Aguimes – an area best known for marine wild life as well as a refuge for divers – has now washed up. The spillage destroyed more than a kilometer of the coastline. Moreover, this is the second time that an incident like this has occurred on the coast of Gran Canaria, in previous three months.
Both Marine Rescue as well as Guardia Civil took specimen from the oil slick in the sea, so as to detect its origin and cause. It is thought that the spill might have been caused by a passing ship, which emptied its bilge in the sea. The oil mostly collected in a diving area, known as Punta La Sal, which is usually not approachable from land.
The oil clean-up operation, that involved around 100 volunteers and some of the native workers of Aguimes city council, continued for around two days. However, the bathers did not receive any injury during the incident.
It is to be noted here that this environmental disaster has come weeks after the government of Spain announced that it would permit Repsol, the oil giant, to carry on oil and gas practicing off the coast of Canaries.
Earlier, on Thursday, Paulino Rivero, the President of Canary Islands visited the area, so as to determine the degree of damage and also to talk with the Civil Guard officers and the volunteers who busy in cleaning up the coast line. The Spanish Police is currently investigating the origin of the spillage.