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Report Most Oil Cleared From Water

December 6, 1985

WARSAW, Poland (AP) _ Salvage crews contained a four-mile-long oil slick in the Bay of Gdansk that threatened Thursday to foul Polish resorts on the Baltic coast, the official news agency PAP reported.

Up to 15 tons of oil leaked from a ruptured pipeline at an oil storage facility in Gdynia on Tuesday night and seeped into the bay from the sewage system and a canal, PAP said.

″Most of the huge oil slick ... has been removed in an operation involving a floating barrier, a helicopter and a specialized tugboat,″ it said.

A reconnaisance helicopter and three tugboats were sent by a Polish salvage company to fight the oil slick, PAP reported.

″Experts are watching the water in the afflicted part of the bay for the possible spread of the remaining thin film of oil onto the shores of the nearby Hel Peninsula,″ it said.

The Gdansk environmental protection office was sampling the pollution and its findings will be used as a basis for punishing those responsible for the spill, said Glos Wybrzez newspaper reporter Ewa Sielicka, who was on the scene.

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