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Oil spill reported in St. Maarten; source unknown

May 10, 2014

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) — Environmentalists in the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten are investigating an oil spill that occurred Friday near a popular tourist area.

The nonprofit St. Maarten Nature Foundation said the spill was reported near the Simpson Bay area. It is unclear what caused the spill or how much oil was released.

The foundation said it alerted government officials and will patrol and send divers to the area to determine the extent of the damage.

Several high-end resorts and the island’s international airport are located on Simpson Bay.

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