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The End of Oil

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The Prestige was a Greek-operated, single-hulled oil tanker, officially registered in the Bahamas, but with a Liberian-registered single-purpose corporation as the owner.

On November 13th, 2002, while the Prestige was carrying a 77,033 metric tons cargo of two different grades of heavy fuel oil, one of its twelve tanks burst during a storm off Galicia, in northwestern Spain.

fearing that the vessel was about to sink the captain turned towards Spain hoping to make port before the vessel could sink, however, pressure from local authorities forced the captain to steer the embattled ship away from the coast and head northwest. Reportedly after pressure from the French government, the vessel was once again forced to change its course and head southwards into Portuguese waters in order to avoid endangering France's southern coast. Fearing for its own shore, the Portuguese authorities promptly ordered its navy to intercept the ailing vessel and prevent it from approaching further.

With the French, Spanish and Portuguese governments refusing to allow the ship to dock in their ports, the integrity of the single hulled oil tanker was deteriorating quickly and soon the storm took its toll when it was reported that a 40-foot section of the starboard hull had broken off, releasing a substantial amount of oil.

At around 8:00 AM on November 19th, the ship split in half. It sank the same afternoon, releasing over 20 million gallons of oil into the sea.

After the sinking, the wreck continued leaking oil. It leaked approximately 125 tons of oil a day.

On November 29th American scientists Richard Bartha, Ronald Atlas and Michal Pirnick announce that a new treatment for the oil spill, a new genetically enhanced microbe Dinocarrus hydrocarboniuos known by the media as 'Dino bac'.

On December 12th 2002 'Dino bac' is spread on the heaviest section of the Prestige oil spill by a modified French plane.

Within three days the section of oil spill sprayed has began to disperse, the European Union allows the rest of the spill to be treated.

A week after treatment the entire oil spill had dispersed.

On the 22nd of December 2002 a submersible visiting the wreck of the Prestige notices that the oil leaking from the vessels hull has stopped, tests prove that there is no more oil onboard even though there should still be several thousand tonnes.


By early January 2003 reports begin to emerge from the west coast of France and the north coast of Spain of severe degeneration of port facilities such as buoys and other objects made of plastic.

The plastics looked like they had rotted from the inside. Soon the reports of this strange damage begin to spread up and down the coasts as well as inland.

By February 2003 reports of the rotten plastic have reached the UK, Belgium, Portugal and Ireland.

On the 3rd March 2003 British scientists announce that the cause of the rotted plastics is 'Dino bac', it has mutated to a form that breaks down all materials made of hydrocarbons to it's base materials.

By the end of 2003 'dino bac' has spread across the whole world. All oil reserves have been infected and scientists believe that the entire earths oil reserves will be destroyed by 2008.

By 2009 the majority of the worlds supply of petrol, diesel, jet fuel, lubrication oil, tire rubber and bitumin have been destroyed, the world has ground to halt with all forms of mechanical transport rendered useless as weel as all the tarmac roads being destroyed.

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