Letter: Oil and coral
Wednesday 15 December 1999
It is not the individual coral species that are threatened - the coral Lophelia pertusa is common and widespread in UK waters. It is the large deep-water Lophelia reefs, formed over hundreds of years and supporting hundreds of other species, that are at risk. These reefs, found in the Atlantic Frontier to the north-west of Britain, are endangered by new oil exploration wells in the area.
The report from these oil consultants is a blatant, albeit weak, attempt to cloud these two issues.
And why are 'southern' ways of speaking spreading north?
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