AKSA energy have been fined around €68,000 (169,800 Turkish Lira) by the environmental protection office in the north for polluting the sea and beaches in the area of occupied Gastria following an oil spill last week it was reported. ‘Environment minister’ Mehmet Harmanci told reporters yesterday that a report by experts indicated that AKSA were 99 per cent responsible for the spill on July 15 which caused 100 tonnes of oil to contaminate the sea and surrounding beaches. Harmanci revealed that the report had also been given to the ‘attorney-general’ who is still awaiting a police report on the incident before proceeding with any decisions.
He explained that the general clean-up of the area will be completed by Sunday although more detailed cleaning will continue for the next two months.
The operation to clear the oil spill has been funded by AKSA so far, Harmanci said.
He added that efforts are being made to avoid the use of non-certified chemicals. So far only certified chemicals have been used to clean up the spill, he said.
Harmanci said that tourism and fishing in the north have been negatively affected by the incident.
The ‘minister’ added that the report revealed that a one kilometre radius of sea life had been killed due to the spill.