Hérault : the presence of black balls of hydrocarbons confirmed on the coast

Hérault : la présence de boulettes noires d'hydrocarbures confirmée sur le littoral

Several black balls that look like oil have been found on the beaches of the littoral héraultais.

Traces of hydrocarbons have been observed by the surfers on the 6th of November on the beach of Palavas-les-Flots (Hérault). Of black balls that are today visible on those of Carnon and Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. This Thursday, November 8, a team of the gendarmerie maritime de Sète came to take samples.

Since this Tuesday, November 6, and a video posted on the Facebook Surf Hérault, the maritime authorities are on alert. Several black balls that look like the oil had indeed been found on the beaches of the littoral héraultais. “I went surfing two days ago, we explained Valentin Robert, surfer and author of the famous video. I caught a wave in and out, I noticed black marks on my board.” A closer look, this Lattois found several traces in the middle of the beach, the latter being difficult to spot because they are mixed with plastic and wood, the remains of a coup of the sea.

“It is far from being a catastrophe !”

First to Palavas-les-Flots, these black balls are now clearly visible on the beaches of Carnon and Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. “We have in fact found this morning (Thursday),” said Jean-Paul Huberman, delegate to the management of the property and the beach of Villeneuve-les-Maguelone. There are small pieces in 200 m, it is far from being a catastrophe and the whole city is aware of.”

A link with the water pollution corsica ?

Alerted by the DDTM (departmental Directorate of Territories and the Sea), the gendarmerie maritime de Sète visited the site on Thursday morning. “A team was sent to make the initial findings and collect samples, provides the commander Gianaroli. It is a question of whether this pollution is linked to that caused by the collision of two ships in Corsica in October.” The case will be supported by the research section of Toulon.

Pellets of hydrocarbons were also found on the beach of the Espiguette, part of which has just been closed for “cause pollution”.

The monitoring of the littoral héraultais enabled

“To avoid any misunderstandings with other phenomena, the maritime gendarmerie has conducted water sampling tests to determine the nature of the residues and whether they are related to the maritime accident that occurred on October 7 off the coast of Cap Corse”, announced in a press release on Thursday, the prefecture of the Hérault.

“The container ship Virginia was struck by a ship ro-ro ship and the fuel had escaped from its bunkers and had managed to win the coast of the Var and the Bouches-du-Rhône. Communities in the coastal had been informed mid-week of the possibility of the arrival of the end of the water-polluting, and had called for vigilance”.

In all cases, the products of this end of the tablecloth are now fragmented, solidified and agglomerated with plants. Their impact is now small in magnitude. On this occasion, the usual precautions in case of pollution are to be recalled : in case of finding at sea or on land the presence of pollution in the form of pellets of oil or sheen, it is advisable not to touch it and to immediately inform the rescue services competent : for the sea, CROSS the Mediterranean on VHF 16 or 196 ; for the earth, the 112 and the respective municipality.

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