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.


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