New Delhi: A study by researchers Bombay Natural History Society analyising the effect of an oil spill, brought about by the collision of two tankers off the coast of Mumbai in August 2010 says that though the oil spill spread over 1200 hectares of the Mumbai coast and adjoining islands,it would take atleast an year to establish if these had actually caused long term damage.
Site inspections, the report said, showed that though standing mangroves--one of the key indicators of environmental health-- across the coastline were barely affected by the onslaught of oil, there were problems in its regeneration.
Two ships, namely MSC Chitra and MV Khalija collided on 9 August 2010, offshore near Uran, Maharashtra. This resulted in the release of an estimated 400 to 500 tons of fuel oil from the ship’s fuel tank. The cargo also had 31 of the 1,219 containers of hazardous chemicals including pesticides.