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Sunken ship off the east coast of Newfoundland leaking oil again

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Canadian Coast Guard says a ship that sank off the northeast coast of Newfoundland in 1985 is again leaking oil.

Oil from the Liberian-flagged Manolis L was first spotted earlier this year near Change Islands, and the coast guard tried to stop the leaking in May using neoprene gaskets.

Coast Guard spokesman Bob Grant says another device installed in July has moved about five metres, causing more leaks.

He says a remotely operated vehicle was used Monday to inspect the wreck.

Grant says poor weather is keeping crews from installing a new device, known as a cofferdam.

Newfoundland MP Scott Simms says local residents are angry about the recurring leaks and he's calling on the federal government to draft a long-term plan.


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