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Fuel spills and club closures mean the party's over in Ibiza - Independent Online Edition > Europe

For decades it has been the destination of choice for thrill-seeking British holiday-makers looking to enjoy its unique combination of hot, sunny days and even hotter nights of hedonistic clubbing. But this year, it seems, Ibiza's party is well and truly over.

In the past week, a tide of black fuel spewing from a sunken oil tanker has prompted the closure of three of the resort's most popular beaches

Spanish authorities said they had sealed the leak in the tanker Don Pedro, which sank after hitting a rocky islet on Wednesday, laden with 200 tonnes of fuel oil and gasoil. But yesterday workers were still shovelling up more than 25 tonnes of black oil that came ashore and environmentalists warned of another slick threatening the coast.

The disaster comes on top of the closure last month of three top dance clubs, Amnesia, Bora Bora and DC-10, following a crackdown on an alleged culture of drug-taking by police. The clubs can attract up to 7,000 revellers a night during high summer as the island becomes the world's clubbing capital.

In previous years the island's drug culture has shown signs of spinning out of control with shootouts between rival British drug trafficking gangs last summer injuring two British bystanders. Some 500,000 Britons visit Ibiza every year, partying till dawn by the thousand.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:32:05 AM EST
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