Massive oil spill outside Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden. (iStock)
Gothenburg, Sweden. (iStock)
A large oil spill was discovered in Gothenburg, Sweden Wednesday afternoon.

The emergency services and the coast guard are trying to determine where the leak is coming from and how to contain it, Swedish Television reports.

The spill was discovered around 3 in the afternoon and five hours later, the emergency services have still not figured out what is causing the spill.

According to the emergency services the spill is the size of several soccer fields and much larger than they originally thought. They have five fire trucks and three other vehicles in place in an attempt to contain it while they find the source of the leak.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Study envisions fallout from oil spill in Arctic Canada, Alaska Dispatch

Finland: WWF Finland concerned about oil leak in Baltic Sea, Yle News

Greenland:  Arctic seas – little ability to cope with an oil spill, Radio Canada International

Norway:  IMO completes Polar Code environmental rules, Barents Observer

Sweden:  Crews battle weather to clean up oil spill in western Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States:  ARCTREX tests Arctic oil spill tracking techniques, Alaska Public Radio Network


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