Galapagos Oil Spill

NPR's Gerry Hadden reports that Ecuadorian fishermen using crude equipment and no protective gear are trying to scoop up thousands of gallons of oil that spilled from a tanker ship in the Galapagos Islands. Since the accident on Sunday, currents have carried much of the fuel out to sea, away from the islands, one of the world's most fragile ecosystems. But conservationists worry that the currents will shift, endangering thousands of species of rare plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world. The US Coast Guard is on the scene, trying to help right the ship and remove 10 thousand gallons of oil remaining in the tanker.



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