Oil slicks threaten critical Saudi plant


SAFANIYA BASE CAMP, Saudi Arabia -- Oil from slicks in the Persian Gulf began lapping ashore yesterday near a critical Saudi petroleum processing plant, threatening to shut down the world's largest offshore oil field.

Three separate slicks, one of them the largest ever recorded, were once again moving south in the gulf after being held back by southerly winds last week. The slicks were also reportedly threatening fishing grounds and water desalting plants.

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