All at sea
When a little fishing boat did its fishing in front of the Petrobras seismic surveying vessel the Tauranga Harbourmaster called in the Royal NZ Navy to protect the multi-national company and its interests by threatening the fishing boat with a patrol ship. Has the Harbourmaster called out the navy to deal with some Liberian-flagged ship that struck a reef and is spewing oil into the sea?
That's the Crown's priorities - rather call in the navy to harass people trying to protect the environment than to actually protect the environment when the oil starts leaking. Pathetic. Just like the response to the Jodi F Millenium in Gisborne - had to wait a week or so for a tug to arrive from Aussie. Nothing has changed from ten years ago - still utterly inept. We have to wait for some guy to fly out from Holland with a calculator.
NZ Herald: Maritime New Zealand have confirmed oiled birds on the water have been found as a result of the oil spill surrounding a grounded cargo ship off Tauranga.
Fears are growing the stranded ship MV Rena, which is haemorrhaging oil into the sea, has the potential to cause a major environmental disaster.
The 236m cargo vessel struck Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga Harbour early on Wednesday, causing a 5km oil slick that has already killed some wildlife.
Imagine if there was an oil rig out there - in the earthquake zone - and something happened. There is no confidence in the NZ government to handle this. John Key will be held responsible for every drop of oil that reaches the shore, that coats the seabed, that floats on the surface and that makes its way into the atmosphere. Every drop.