Army joins the battle against pollution

From August of this year, an unmanned Belgian Army plane will be used to help locate illegal discharges of chemicals and oil by ships in the North Sea. At present a manned Belgian Coast Guard plane and a helicopter on loan from a private company make regular checks for pollution off the West Flemish coast
The Federal Secretary of State responsible for the North Sea Etienne Schouppe (Flemish Christian democrat) has reached agreement with the army to increase the effectiveness of checks carried out to locate pollution in our waters.

Mr Schouppe told journalists that “we will be making more checks than ever.”

“Polluters will stand little chance of escaping punishment.”

The Defence Ministry has promised around 100 flght hours dedicated to searching for pollution in the North Sea each year

"Although one hundred hours doesn’t seem a lot, it is quite significant given that Belgium only has around 65km of coastline ", Mr Schouppe added.