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New Oil Slick in Egypt Threatens Red Sea Coral Reef

This coral reef in Egypt is threatened by a new oil slick, according to local reports.

Ecologists have discovered a new 300 meter oil slick in the Red Sea just outside of El-Tor, according to WReporter. Quoting Youm 7, the paper claims that the spill threatens coral reefs in the Ras Muhammad National Park Marine Reserve and could spread to the popular diving spot Sharm el-Sheikh.

Adil Kassab, head of crisis management in the governorate of South Sinai, told Youm 7 that scholars are working on locating and eliminating the source of oil. South Sinai Governor Khaled Foda has created a commission to investigate the new oil slick, according to reports.

We contacted Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Organization (HEPCA), but the relevant person wasn’t available to comment.

:: WReporter

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By Tafline Laylin

As a tour leader who led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America, Tafline soon realized that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

Born in Iran, raised in South Africa and the United States, she currently splits her time between Africa and the Middle East.

Tafline can be reached at tafline (at) greenprophet (dot) com.