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Oil Pollution ("Eleni V")

Volume 951: debated on Friday 9 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will make a further statement on the blowing up of the Greek oil-tanker "Eleni V"; why this action was not taken earlier; and whether he will list the coastal resorts which have been adversely affected since this tanker foundered.

The bow section of the "Eleni V" was blown up some 26 miles east of Lowestoft on 30th May. This course was adopted as a last resort since it meant deliberately releasing the oil remaining in the hulk and risking further pollution.Since the collision, oil has come ashore at points between Winterton and Alder-burgh. The only significant beach pollution is now at Hopton and Corson.