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NIO scientists take stock of tar ball substance at Khariwada


VASCO: The team of scientists from National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Saturday inspected the Khariwada shore in order to take stock of the tar ball substance which washed ashore on Friday.

Speaking to media, the team of scientists said that they have collected the samples of the tar ball substance in order to find out the source. They confirmed that the black oily substance which washed ashore was tar ball and have further ruled out the possibility of oil from the Bombay High Region, an offshore oilfield off the coast of Mumbai.

The team of scientists opined that beaches are usually subjected to menace of tar balls ahead of the monsoon. They disclosed that the tar ball substance that was washed ashore at Khariwada beach appears to be burnt oil which is black in nature.

“It is premature to find out the source”, stated the team of scientists and further observed that the samples which are collected from the Khariwada shore can put more light on its source, following the tests.

It may be recalled that tar ball substance was washed ashore at Khariwada and Baina beach in Vasco.

The fishermen at Khariwada and Baina have raised strong concern over the tar balls which they alleged was released by vessels anchored off Mormugao Harbour. The fishermen have also raised the possibility of coal and coke dust particles which has been discharged into the sea from the coal handling berths in Mormugao Port.

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