1. Wide of Sea with Lebanese army boat
2. Lebanese soldiers laying plastic pipe to clean the oil spill
3. Medium of boat in water
4. Soldiers preparing the pipe
5. Close of oil spill
6. Pipe being dragged to the sea
7. Various of pipe being dragged by a Lebanese army boat
8. Close of pipe
9. Mid of soldiers standing on rocks to pan of water
10. Mid of oil in water
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Yenn Nedza, European civil protection member:
''We are here to assist the Lebanese Ministry of Environment in the fight for making this oil pollution as small as possible. We are here to access the situation and to send back measures of what is needed and how it is used and the European Commission they will try to find the donors for the equipment''.
9. Lebanese army boat dragging the pipe
A videotape released on Tuesday showed dead fish bobbing along the Mediterranean seabed off the Lebanese coast, as a sunken oil slick
slid ominously toward a lone red sea urchin, rooted in the sand, its tentacles waving in the current.
A scuba diver's video made public by Greenpeace graphically detailed some of the environmental destruction a month after an oil spill unleashed by
Israeli bombardment began sinking blanketing marine life with a tar-like sludge in what experts from the United Nations (UN) have called Lebanon's worst-ever environmental disaster.
The UN has said the spill could take as long as a year to clean up and cost US 64 (m) million US dollars, equivalent to 50 (m) million Euro.
A European civil protection member, Yenn Nedza said, "'We are here to assist the Lebanese Ministry of Environment in the fight for making this oil pollution as small as possible."
The head of the Lebanese Union of professional Divers recorded the footage, which showed oil spread 10 centimetres (4 inches) thick over a
100-metre (109 yards) wide area of the sea bed near Beirut.
Some 110-thousand barrels of oil poured into the Mediterranean early on the 14th July, when Israeli warplanes hit a coastal power plant at Jiyeh, 20
kilometres (12 miles) south of Beirut. More missiles hit a day later.
Six fuel tanks ruptured in all, sparking explosions that knocked out a dike meant to prevent spills at the plant, which sits about 50 metres (54 yards) from the shore.
At first, the oil slathered 140 kilometres (85 miles) of Lebanon's coastline reaching into Syria and blocked sunlight from penetrating the water's surface, killing small plants on which many fish feed.
UN officials on Tuesday expressed worry at the slow pace of the cleanup, hampered by Israeli bombardment and blockades for a month while oil continued to seep out into the Mediterranean.
On Monday, Israel granted the UN permission to fly over Lebanon's coast to do an aerial survey of the spill.
The UN oversight would gauge the amount of oil still floating on top of the water, and estimate damage to Lebanon's shoreline.
Finland on Tuesday said it would send nearly 800-thousand US dollars to help with the operation and urged other EU countries to join in.
Cleaning equipment has already arrived from Norway.
Removing the thick sludge from the sea floor would require remote-controlled underwater vehicles, or dredging devices towed behind a
floating vessel motoring up and down the coast, according to a Lebanese government contractor.
With an Israeli naval blockade still in place, that size of operation on Lebanon's coast would only be possible with Israeli permission.
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