Mauritius races to contain oil spill from grounded ship, protect coastline

Exposing the Big Game

Thousands of residents and environmental activists had been working to contain the damage before the Japanese-owned tanker breaks apart.

Drone footage shows oil spill snaking towards Mauritius coast

AUG. 9, 202001:14Aug. 11, 2020, 1:43 AM PDT/UpdatedAug. 11, 2020, 7:19 AM PDTByAriel Saramandi

MAURITIUS — Within minutes of hearing about the oil spill, David Sauvage raced to the waterfront.

The MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned ship heading to Brazil and carrying an estimated 4,000 metric tons of oil, ran aground on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25.

Tons of oil have gushed from cracks in the vessel, streaking the island’s turquoise water black and threatening to ruin its coral reefs, protected lagoons and shoreline.

Sauvage, an environmental activist, wasn’t confident that officials in this Indian Ocean island nation would act in time to protect the pristine coastline for which it’s renowned.

So along with members of a local political party…

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