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    Australian coast hit by oil spill

    BBC UK:

    Australian coast hit by oil spill

    Several beaches along Australia's east coast have been polluted by a toxic mix of oil and fertiliser, after a cargo ship shed its load in stormy seas.

    Large oil slicks have washed up on the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Island, near Queensland's state capital, Brisbane.

    Maritime officials say 31 containers of ammonium nitrate fell from the deck in huge swells, puncturing the ship's hull and releasing 30 tonnes of oil.

    An investigation is under way into the state's worst oil spill in 30 years.

    The ship's owner, Hong Kong-based Swire, may face fines of up to A$1.5m ($977,000; £703,000) if found guilty of environmental breaches, as well as clean-up costs of A$100,000 a day.

    A slick of oil 15km long (9.3 miles) is said to have leaked from the Pacific Adventurer's fuel stores in rough waters, in the wake of tropical cyclone Hamish.

    The oil is our greatest concern, both to the environment and wildlife - spills and wildlife don't mix

    Mike Short
    Environmental Protection Authority

    Environmental experts fear the nutrient-rich fertiliser could cause damaging algal blooms, suffocate fish and kill natural habitats.

    Moreton Bay on Moreton Island is a marine sanctuary - home to a range of sea birds and creatures, including turtles, dolphins and pelicans.

    The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) said it had begun removing the oil and was treating oil-affected wildlife. About 100 turtle eggs have been rescued.

    "The oil is our greatest concern, both to the environment and wildlife," said the EPS's Mike Short. "Spills and wildlife don't mix."

    Radar-equipped aircraft are searching for the missing containers of fertiliser - which can be used to make explosives.


    Experts fear the toxic chemicals will suffocate fish and kill natural habitats
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    Re: Australian coast hit by oil spill

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    March 13th, 2009 in Breaking News

    Australian oil spill bigger than first thought.

    Oil from a damaged ship has washed up on 60 kilometres of beaches on Australia’s east coast in what officials declared an environmental disaster.

    Oil gushed from the Hong Kong-owned Pacific Adventurer Wednesday when it was lashed by a storm in international waters near Brisbane.

    The 180-metre vessel also lost 31 containers overboard that contained the fertilizer ingredient ammonium nitrate.

    Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said the spill was much bigger than the captain reported and the damage much greater than anticipated.

    ‘We know that the ship was capable of carrying 100 tonnes (of oil) so it could be anywhere between 30 and 100, but it is certainly significantly more than the 30 (tonnes initially reported),’ Bligh said.

    Beaches are closed to tourists until the mess has been cleaned up.

    ‘At this stage my priority is to have teams of people out there cleaning this mess up, to protect wildlife in what may well be the worst environmental disaster that Queensland, or the south-east of our state, has faced,’ Bligh said.
    “How is freedom measured, in individuals as in nations? By the resistance which has to be overcome, by the effort it costs to stay aloft. One would have to seek the highest type of free man where the greatest resistance is constantly being overcome: five steps from tyranny, near the threshold of the danger of servitude.”

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