SAUDIS REPORT PROGRESS ON PERSIAN GULF SPILL

Saudi Arabia reports progress in cleaning up part of the spilled crude in the Persian Gulf but admits a daunting task still lies ahead. Latest estimates indicate recovery of about one sixth of the initial volume spilled. Meantime, the oil spill cleanup effort in the Persian Gulf is still being hampered by continued seepage of crude into the gulf from a number of tankers sunk near the Iraqi export terminal at Mina al-Bakr. Oil also is reported leaking from damaged facilities at the Mina al-Bakr

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