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First World War mustard gas leaks from Belgian underwater grave

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Cnock

Already in the 1990's divers of the Navy established that there was a minor leaking of the gas shells, so not unusual they are leaking in 2019!

But now  there is also leaking poisonous stuff from the HE shells. 

There was never an open communication about the ammo dumpsite at the Paardenmarkt by the government

It was accepted that 35.000 tons of ammo are lying there, and that the proportion gas shells-HE shells was 1/3.

Nobody seems to know what is the real amount of shells. Could even be 70.000 tons and 2/3 of them to be gas shells.

The mayor of Knokke-Heist said 2 months ago that it was 'fake news' and that there are hundreds of ammo dumps in the North Sea that causes no problems.

That is true, but these ammo dumps are lying far from the coast in deep waters and contains no gas shells.

The shallow Paardenmarkt is lying lesser than 1 km from the beach, the shells are covered by a layer of mud, but it seems that because of erosion shells are now becoming exposed.

The waters above the Paardenmarkt are forbidden for ships and fishing, but what would happen if a ship out of control hits the Paardenmarkt?

What are the consequences of the leaking of the shells or the corrosion  on the environment ? Again nobody seems to know.

 

regards,

 

Cnock

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3 hours ago, Cnock said:

The waters above the Paardenmarkt are forbidden for ships and fishing, but what would happen if a ship out of control hits the Paardenmarkt?

What are the consequences of the leaking of the shells or the corrosion  on the environment ? Again nobody seems to know.

 

regards,

 

Cnock


Especially so when the depth is only a few meters - something hitting it would almost certainly expose the shells - and it's close to the port.

https://www.peacepalacelibrary.nl/2015/05/paardenmarkt-a-toxic-legacy-of-the-great-war/

 

Craig

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MAW

From the Telegraph article:

 

'There are dozens, if not hundreds, of ammunition cemeteries in the North Sea, especially along the French coast.'

 

Oh dear!

 

Mark

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