Sea Shepherd pirates fined for dumping diesel into the sea

Pirate ship Sam Simon dumped oil in the sea

Pirate ship Sam Simon dumped oil in the sea

Like all green taliban members and eco-terrorists Sea Shepherd are sanctimonious hypocrites.

They have just been fined for dumping diesel into the sea after being caught by Australian authorities.

A LEADING conservation organisation fined $15,000 for spilling diesel in the Trinity Inlet says it has taken steps to ensure it never happens again.

Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd, whose Australian arm is chaired by former politician Bob Brown, pleaded guilty earlier this year to spilling up to 500 litres of diesel into the inlet on October 13, 2012 from their newly purchased ship, the Sam Simon. ??

The Cairns Magistrates Court heard in February that a faulty switch and instruction manuals written in Japanese contributed to the spill while it was moored in Cairns.

Sea Shepherd managing director Jeff Hanse said this was the first time in the organisation?s 30-year history that one of their ships had been involved in anything like this.

?Sea Shepherd is dedicated to protecting the biodiversity of our oceans with our marine conservation campaigns,? he said. ?This minor accident is something I am sure we will always be kicking ourselves over, as it goes against everything that we stand for and work tirelessly to protect.?

Magistrate Kevin Priestly ordered the Melbourne-based organisation to pay the fine within six months.

Department of Transport and Main Roads prosecutor Anne Roseler had initially called for a penalty of between $15,000 and $30,000.

Conservation organisation? Eco-terrorists and pirates more like.