French Inspection Team Says Abandoned Wilkes Station Poses ‘Clear Risk’ to Antarctic Environment

A French inspection team has raised concerns about an abandoned Australian base in Antarctica, saying it poses a “clear risk” to the environment, with reports of oil slicks in the vicinity.

Wilkes Station, located three kilometres from Casey Station, was originally built by the United States in 1957, but its management was transferred to Australia two years later.

The station operated for a further 10 years, before it was permanently closed in 1969.

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