Recurrent arrival of oil to Galician coast: The final step of the Prestige deep oil spill

TitleRecurrent arrival of oil to Galician coast: The final step of the Prestige deep oil spill
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBernabeu A.M, Fernandez-Fernandez S., Bouchette F., Rey D., Arcos A., Bayona JM, Albaiges J
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Date PublishedApr 15
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0304-3894
Accession NumberBIOSIS:PREV201300411727
KeywordsVarious Oil Spills
AbstractYearly monitoring in one of the most affected coastal zones by the Prestige oil spill, namely Nemina and O Rostro beaches (NW Spain), has been carried out since 2004. Topographic data of beaches revealed seasonal altimetric changes up to 4m that would prevent the on shore persistence of oil. However, surficial and subsurficial oil was detected in the intertidal area of both beaches in all campaigns. The hydrocarbon analysis confirmed that this oil corresponded to the Prestige oil, even nine years after the accident. Tar balls were highly biodegraded suggesting that the oil was accumulated on the subtidal sediments for a long time and transported to the coast by the action of waves.The present work provides new evidence of the long term persistence of deep oil spills from wrecks in marine areas where the hydrodynamic conditions play a twofold key role, in determining the exposed coastal area to recurrent contamination and in burying and resurfacing the oil in the intertidal zone. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.