C’mon NZ where’s your “clean, green” policy?
I’m struggling a bit to get my head around why it took so long for NZ to start getting the oil off this ship.
Accidents do happen and I know that there is a great hew and cry going on about why the container ship hit the reef in the first place….well, in my mind, investigation into this question should take second place over the oil spillage that is happening along their beautiful coast and the threat to their wildlife (including the endangered NZ dotterel bird).
If they had got that barge to the stricken vessel and begun pumping off the oil within even 48 hours – the environmental impact would be nowhere near as severe as it is now. Also the weather was pretty good from the Wednesday through to about the Monday….that’s, ummm, let me get my calculator – about 5 days – right, that’s when the barge turned up????
Do people not learn from previous disasters and have immediate responses in place in case it happens?
Here’s a video on the Spill-Sorb product
UPDATE; 14th November 2011
I’ve now heard that the oil has all been taken off, well … not quite, all, apparently there’s just a little bit left. The ship is still on the reef, although it’s broken up into three and a good storm would probably shift it. So now it’s time to get the containers off (that’s minus the ones that have already slipped overboard) – Maybe N.Z. is “God’s own” after all….someone’s been watching over them.