The Polmar plan was launched in Corsica after an oil slick was spotted off the east coast of the island, Haute-Corse prefecture said in a statement on Friday (June 11th). The 35 km long oil slick reported last night off Corsica is now visible in places “800 meters from the coast”, says Christine Ribbes, spokeswoman for the Mediterranean Maritime Prefecture on France Inter on Saturday. The Polmar anti-pollution plan was launched last night after spotting this body containing heavy hydrocarbons, about 9 km off the east coast of Corsica, between Aléria and Solenzara, the Haute-Corse prefecture said.
Reported during an exercise carried out by the Solenzara Air Base, the pollution was confirmed by the maritime prefecture of the Mediterranean, reports France Bleu RCFM. Two slicks are distributed over a length of approximately 19 nautical miles (approximately 35 kilometers).
According to observations, this pollution probably results from degassing. The size and nature of the products, however, do not allow us to hope for a natural dilution and require the engagement of specific antipollution units and equipment.
The situation is monitored jointly by the departments of the prefectures of Haute-Corse and Corse-du-Sud. National resources stationed in Corsica are mobilized to intervene as quickly as possible. The situation is monitored in collaboration with the mayors. The prefectures call on the inhabitants not to touch or collect themselves pancakes likely to arrive on the beaches, but to inform their town hall, the gendarmerie or the firefighters.