News from Maritime NZ
More volunteer clean ups of the coastline have been organised for today. “It looks like its going to be a beautiful day in the bay, so it would be fantastic to see as many people out there as possible to give us a hand,” said Maritime NZ’s on-scene commander Nick Quinn.
He also reiterated previous requests for the public not to drive on the beaches or in the sand dunes. “Vehicles make the matter worse because they spread contamination from oil on their tyres, creating secondary oiling, and they compress surface oil into the sand where it gets buried. By driving through sand dunes to avoid getting oil on their vehicles, drivers are threatening an already fragile ecological environment.”
News from Maritime NZ – October 29
More volunteers are being called on to support the Rena oil spill response effort, with four cleanup events carried out today on Bay of Plenty beaches. Read more »