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2019.08.26 16:34

Oil stain spotted in Lithuania's waters in Baltic Sea

BNS 2019.08.26 16:34

A large oil stain was spotted in Lithuania's exclusive economic zone in the Baltic Sea on Sunday.

According to Lithuania's Environmental Protection Department, the stain was spotted by a satellite of the European Maritime Safety Agency near the Latvian border. The report was confirmed by the Lithuanian Navy whose helicopter evaluated the situation.

The larger part of the stain turned out to be in the Latvian waters and only around 12.5 percent on the Lithuanian side.

The stain area in Lithuania exceeded 3 square kilometers and contained between 330 and 660 liters of pollutant.

A satellite photo taken on Monday indicated that the stain had evaporated due to a high temperature.

An investigation into the incident is underway. The information on the incident has been handed over to the Lithuanian Environmental Protection Agency. Based on initial data, the pollution came from a ship crossing the Lithuanian-Latvian border.

Fines for such a violation range from 14,000 to 20,000 euros. Environmental damage will be evaluated and might range from 13,000 to 26,000 euros.

A pollution incident also took place in Lithuania's Baltic Sea waters last week when 300-600 liters of oil products were spilled and the stain covered an area of around 3 square kilometers.