Disaster? What Disaster?

It is so obviously a huge disappointment to the hair-shirt-wearing doomsayers that the Bay of Plenty coast is just fine, and the Rena oil spill did not result in the end of the world as we know it.

Water in the Bay of Plenty, which was almost devastated by the oil which poured out of the stranded container ship Rena, has returned to its former purity.

Scientists have examined more than 30,000 samples from the area and today announced that levels of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from the oil have almost disappeared.

As I predicted from Day One, the dopey skipper who smacked his container ship into Astrolabe Reef would not cause “New Zealand’s Worst Environmental Disaster” and the greatest economic harm to the local community was caused by the shrieking loons who drove holidaymakers away from the coast.

But still the busy-body environmentalists collect the cash from picking apart every healthy mussel in the hopes of finding a drop of oil:

“The long-term environmental impacts are not known, and further study is to be carried out”

I’ll give you the result for free: there is no environmental damage and you will get a better feed of shellfish and fish from the reef next season than you did before the mutt ran his boat aground while he was giving the cabin boy one in the chook.

The Greens of course are devastated, and they are resorting to the time-honoured technique of “estimates” to count the number of seagulls that karked because of Rena:

“Over 2000 birds were found dead, which represents an estimated tenth of the total bird deaths from the spill.”

Bollocks. 1,448 birds died from oil. The few other dead birds collected probably died from old age, or from being clumsily handled by greenies.

250,000 birds died in one natural storm the previous year.


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