No lasting damage to environment by Rena accident

Despite the claims of RFC Gareth Hughes, The Green party, labour and the Greenpeace that the “pristine” environment around the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga was destroyed forever the opposite is actually true.

The Bay of Plenty Times reports:

A comprehensive monitoring report into the effects of oil pollution from the grounding of the MV Rena on Astrolabe Reef in 2011 shows few long-lasting impacts on Bay of Plenty maritime habitats.

However the environment has not yet returned to its ‘pre-Rena state’, the report, released at 11am, says.

The 460 page report covers the first two years of ongoing survey and research work, details one of the most comprehensive, multi-disciplinary studies ever undertaken in response to a marine pollution incident. 

In other findings based on laboratory studies done within the project, the impact of heavy fuel oil and the dispersant Corexit on juvenile finfish such as kingfish and flounder, showed effects at higher exposures.

However as the dispersant was used only briefly on the oil spill at sea, and given the strong offshore wind conditions at the time, there were no environmental effects, University of Waikato Chair in Coastal Science Professor Chris Battershill said.

There is now little evidence of remaining oil or tar balls around the Bay of Plenty’s coast, and oil washed up on rocky reefs has largely disappeared.

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