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Korea's Oil Spill Still Spreading
DATE:2007-12-21  FROM:  AUTHOR:  DOWN:2753
 
For Choi Yeyong, an environmentalist with Friends of the Earth Korea, it was the worst kind of deja vu. "When I reached the tanker and saw the holes, it felt like the spill 12 years ago," recalls Choi, who says he was nearly brought to tears when he surveyed South Korea's worst-ever oil spill last Saturday on the country's west coast. In 1995, the Korean tanker Sea Prince ran aground during a typhoon, spilling 5,000 tons of oil on the southern coast. The slick caused an estimated $100 million in damage and took five months to clean up. "But this time," says Choi, "[the spill] is twice as large."
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