Following the most recent concerns about oil loss from the MSC Napoli the leader of East Devon District Council, Sara Randall Johnson, has defended the reaction of that council. She points out that council staff were active last weekend in helping to deal with instances of reported oil pollution. Also that other staff have been frequently walking the beach to check for any new oil. There are she says warning posters dotted along the beaches of East Devon.
I have to say that I haven't been to these beaches since the Napoli incident started but the pictures I've seen show some pretty horrible oil pollution on them. What isn't clear of course is whether these patches of oil pollution are very localised or whether they are all over the beaches. One always has to make a considered assessment of media reports because they normally prefer to paint a bleak picture when this sort of event happens. Whatever, getting oil on shoes or clothes isn't fun at all.