Rena – no significant damage

NZ Herald

So far the expensive study of Rena impacts has disclosed that the environment has not suffered any lasting harm.

Students and academics working under research team Te Mauri Moana this week began a project to gauge how a range of species have fared in the eight months since the Rena ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga.

The group’s leader, Professor Chris Battershill, said early samples were promising.

“Our observations suggest we avoided the worst of the disaster, and much of that is because the salvors managed quite effectively to get most of the oil, if not all of it, that hadn’t come ashore. If they hadn’t, then we’d be in a very different space right now.”

Of the 1712 tonnes of oil on board the Rena when it grounded on October 5, 350 tonnes were believed to have spilled into the ocean in the six days after.

The hysterical and self-serving claims of activists probably caused the worst impact (by undermining tourism and the local economy).

Note that the study still remains hopeful that they will find something awful in the remaining area to be studied.  But they won’t.   Just like Chernobyl, when Greenpeace predicted at least 250,000 deaths.  A UN study showed that less than 50 died.

Those lefties do like end-of-the-world scenarios, but we just keep trucking on despite them.

  • Rodger T

    The Chicken Little mentality is compulsory for membership in these “Green” organisations.
    Nobody in their right mind wishes for these accidents to happen but unfortunately they do, and invariably nature heals itself in the long run.A tragedy ,of course .
    Human nature will always fuck up what ever safe guards and procedures are in place. 
    The only long lasting ecological disaster is the La Brea Tarpits in LA and thats totally natural lets see GP try to clean that up.

  • Gazzaw

    See I told you that Goofy and his shiny shovel would fix the problem. Easy.

  • Steve Wrathall

    “… the La Brea Tarpits …”

    You mean La Brea pits.

  • Ford

    ‘Our observations suggest we avoided the worst of the disaster, and much of that is because the salvors managed quite effectively to get most of the oil, if not all of it, that hadn’t come ashore. If they hadn’t, then we’d be in a very different space right now.”
    i wonder how many millions have been spent for some geek to make a report and put that on paper..talk about state the obvious

  • Simon

    “Of the 1712 tonnes of oil on board the Rena when it grounded on October 5, 350 tonnes were…”

    Doesn’t add up. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK7Y7PCSTJ27RCKZ2MGRSAYCTE NEIL

      Erm they pumped the rest off???

  • The Bella

    It’s probably just as well the Wright bro’s and Richard Pearse got their heavier than air machines into the sky before any of the doom saying wank-a-rama  brigade were around, fair go, the awful predictions from a number of people who one would think had intelligence enough to tie a shoelace couldn’t wait to scream disaster to anyone willing to listen, good job done by the salvers in the face of pessimistic grippers.

    • Gazzaw

      Bella, when you look back the Industrial Revolution would never have happened if the green wankers had been around. Going further back I wonder how the Egyptians would have gone for a resource consent to quarry all of that rock to build the pyramids. Even if they had got one granted the ancient greens would have been off to the environment court.

      • niggly

        Good point, they would have stopped Maori clearing the bush a few hundred years ago, and of course the European settlers doing the same on a larger scale.

        And as for the original Maori migration from hawaiki they wouldn’t have been allowed to bring any food/seeds/animals as they weren’t native to Aoteraroa ;-)

        If they had their way, NZ would have still been an undeveloped bird paradise ….

        …wait a minute, by coincidence Forest & Bird (another politcal lobby group disguised as environmentalists) would no doubt prefer NZ was such a bird paradise without major human intervention. Coincidence eh or join the dots ;-)

      • niggly

        Hmm, the geenies have a thing about birds. Isn’t there a name for people that like dressing up and animals (and bonk each other)??? Wonder if the greenies have a secret dress up as birds fantasy and bonk each other senseless? If not, why not, it would make sense, someone could play the rooster (Russel, the crower perhaps), ostriches (Metiria, seems to have a permanent grin, perhaps) and their flock of sparrows (followers). ;-)

  • jay cee

    we all know about the oil and stuff that came ashore and was cleaned up by a veritable army of volunteers. what we and the writers of that report will never know for sure was how much other gunk and junk went in the other direction and sunk.(just re read that,i’m a poet and didn’t know it)

    • Gazzaw

      Waikato & Auckland Uni are doing a full survey on shellfish & marine life and have so far found no traces of residues in marine life. I guess the jury will be out for a while yet but it appears that nature is taking its course. A bit of a bastard for the Greens I suppose & it would be fair to say that little prat Gareth Hughes would have been on his soapbox by now if there had been the minutest traces.

  • Patrick

    The sky is falling the sky is falling, quick get your credit cards out & join the green movement & we will solve all the worlds problems.

    Now hands up who is struggling to join the dots – the greenies modus operandi is blatently obvious. Exactly the same sales pitch insurance companies use isn’t it?

  • Richard McGrath

    Exactly. Just as oil from the Exxon Valdez was broken up by the action of waves and dispersed much sooner than was predicted at the time.

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