Costa Concordia Wreck Will Take Months to Remove

Locals worried about cruise ship's environmental impact
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2012 10:51 AM CST
A boom to contain oil is pushed on the rocks by waves near the grounded cruise ship Costa Concordia off the Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – It could take as long as 10 months to remove the downed Costa Concordia from the reef off the island of Giglio, and residents are starting to worry about the impact the wreck will have on tourism and the environment. Another blast was set off in an underwater compartment, but bad weather continued to cause delays today for crews who are waiting to pump some 500,000 gallons of fuel out of the cruise ship. Crews were also working to remove debris from the surrounding waters, the AP reports. The number of bodies found remains at 17, with one not yet identified. Sixteen are still listed as missing. (Read more Costa Concordia stories.)

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