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Rena: experts on oil dispersants and natural breakdown

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

UPDATE: Winds now pushing oil onto the Bay of Plenty coast could turn offshore on Thursday, forecasters say.  State science company NIWA is providing Auckland City Council’s emergency management staff with weather and sea state (currents and waves) forecasts from its EcoConnect forecasting system relevant to the salvage and clean up operation for the grounded […]

Rena oil disaster looms

John Kerr posted in on October 10th, 2011.

The grounding of the Rena container ship on the Astrolabe Reef in the Bay of Plenty poses a substantial environmental threat and has recovery teams scrambling to avert disaster. The Liberian-flagged container ship,  Rena, crashed into the Astrolabe Reef near Motiti island, offshore from Tauranga, on Wednesday. Since then it is estimated that 10-100 tones […]

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Queensland’s coast blighted by leaked oil – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on March 12th, 2009.

Pelicans and turtles are among the animals suffering the effects of an oil spill from a cargo ship that has coated Queensland’s beaches in an oily slick. Here’s the latest report from the Associated Press. The Australian Science Media Centre has and will continue to wrap-up commentary from scientists on the environmental impact of the […]

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