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SpillsErika, a Maltese-registered tanker,broke in half in stormy Atlantic seas Dec. 12 about 100 km off the northwestern coast of France and spilled 10,000-18,000 tonnes of heavy fuel oil. At presstime, a fuel oil slick was being blown at 2 km/hr by a northeastern wind in a southern direction parallel to and 40 km off the coast. Attempts to recover the oil have been unsuccessful. Two specialized French vessels are on the spot; French, British, and Norwegian vessels are expected to join the effort.RefiningSix people were killedin an explosion and fire late Dec. 2 at Thai Oil Co.'s Sri Racha refinery about 125 km southeast of Bangkok. The fire, which burned for 35 hr, consumed 40 million...

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