Green Taliban declare another disaster where there isn’t one



Twitter was delightfully immediate in showing up the latest Green Taliban smear

An oil spill responder aircraft flew over the area this morning and clean-up teams had been on standby since 1am.

But Environment Southland spokeswoman Michele Poole said the flight found no signs of diesel this morning, neither on the shore around The Neck, off Stewart Island, nor on the water where the fishing vessel Sureste was stationed.

Regional On Scene Commander Dallas Bradley said that the diesel has either blown further offshore or has dispersed naturally in the heavy seas.

Bradley said he was working with the Department of Conservation to assess the risk to wildlife in the area.

He asked Stewart Island-based boat owners to check the area around The Neck today to see if they could see or smell diesel.

Of course, that doesn’t stop the Green Taliban trying to whip up a panic.  And they are helped by a media that’s looking for something more exciting than the Rena sinking.

Stewart Island locals have been kept mostly in the dark about the diesel spill in Paterson Inlet.

It is believed up to 20 tonnes of diesel, which spilled into the sea after a ship split its hull near Stewart Island last night, has naturally dispersed into the ocean.

The Timaru-based 58-metre Sureste ripped open one of its fuel tanks when it got too close to The Neck in Paterson Inlet, in Foveaux Strait, while trying to shelter from a southerly storm.

Stewart Island community board chairman Jon Spraggon said he did not know much about the incident except for what was on the island’s grapevine.

“I’m on the wharf here and and I’ve heard nothing formal. There’s been no increase in activity in boats or aircraft. Other than the rumours [that a boat has struck a rock off the neck and the oil spillage has been blown to sea] I know nothing.”

An employee at the South Sea Hotel on the island, who did not want to be named, said she had heard nothing about the incident. “I suppose I’m concerned. It’s not a good thing.”

Up to 23,000 litres of diesel could have spilled into the sea very close to wildlife sanctuary Ulva Island. The actual amount is unknown.

Except nobody can see, smell, hear or otherwise see any of it.

Never mind.

I guess #HeyClint thought it was worth a try for Metiria to jump out in front and look just as uninformed and flat earthish as that vacuous sock puppet Hughes.

No.  Still nothing.  But she’s there to report it in as soon as she can find any. [EDIT: Whoops, not really.  Tongue in cheek comment]

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Just wait.  They’ll explain the immediate dispersal evaporation was due to Global Warming.

Oh wait…

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