Syrian oil spill spreads into Mediterranean

Cypriot authorities said Monday that they were monitoring an oil spill from a power plant on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, as a Syrian official said Damascus was probing its cause.

A fuel oil leak at the Baniyas power plant was first reported last week, and Syrian state media said the leak was an accident.

Cyprus said satellite imagery from the European Maritime Safety Agency showed the existence of a “possible oil spill” between the island and Syria.

Evidence from an investigation by the Environmental Protection Ministry at the time indicated that the leak of tens of tons of crude oil took place between February 1 and 2, some 130 kilometers (80 miles) out at sea, and came from the Syrian-owned tanker Emerald, which was not insured.