Industry, green groups blast EU tanker proposals

The European Council endorsed a host of proposals by its transport and environment ministers aimed at preventing oil spills, but the measures have intensified criticism by shipowners and environmentalists alike.After meeting Dec. 12-13 in Copenhagen, the council—comprising heads of European Union member states and the president of the European Commission—expressed regrets and grave concerns over the Nov. 19 sinking off Spain of the Prestige tanker, carrying some 80,000 tonnes of fuel oil."The ensuing damage to the marine and socioeconomic environment and the threat to the livelihood of thousands of persons are intolerable," said council members. They expressed solidarity with ...

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