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Dopey Greens want to stop something that isn’t even happening

The Greens prove almost every week just how dopey they are.

This week they want a system of shipping lanes to prevent oil spills…from collisions.

More than 360 oil spills have happened in New Zealand waters since the 2011 Rena disaster, and the Green Party says more needs to be done to protect our beaches and marine environment.

The Greens propose compulsory shipping lanes similar to Norway and the UK as a way to reduce the risk of collision.

Green Party environment spokesperson Euginie Sage says the lanes would improve oil spill preparedness, hold those who spill oil financially accountable, and would stop the risk of deep sea oil drilling.

“Everyone on the water has a responsibility to take care and avoid making pollution, including recreational boaties. It’s clear that the oil and commercial fishing industries in particular need to do much better,” she says.

Ms Sage says boats have spilled nearly four tonnes of oil and fuel into New Zealand waters, and 363 spills have occurred in the last four years.

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Didn’t the Greens claim the Rena damage was catastrophic, permanent and ruinous for the environment?

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Oh yes they did…but it turns out that like everything else they say it was a lie.

The 2011 grounding of the container ship Rena on Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga brought about one of the world’s most tricky and costly wreck recoveries ever, a science conference in Nelson has heard.

But it wrought very little long-term environmental damage, scientists reported.

A string of researchers gave presentatations on ?aspects of the Rena disaster to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s Australasia conference at the Rutherford Hotel. They concluded the area had a lucky escape, partly because of the huge public involvement in the clean-up.

Lead presenter, Waikato University professor Chris Battershill, who holds the inaugural Bay of Plenty Regional Council chair in coastal science, said 8000 volunteers collected 1000 tonnes of oily waste from the Bay of Plenty coastline, “at the time the largest volunteer army every deployed”.

He said the 236 metre container ship was carrying 1650 tonnes of fuel oil and 1368 containers, including 121 packed with perishables and 32 with dangerous goods when it hit the reef while taking a shortcut to the port.

The debris field extended to Great Barrier Island north of Auckland and to East Cape.

Battershill said 259 containers were unrecovered, including 33 that were on the seabed, reasonably intact.

“The remainder are suffering very serious destruction and degradation. They’re in the debris field and the aft section of the ship.”

About two-thirds of the ship’s hull remained on the seabed, he said.

“We think it’s one of the most complex wreck and recovery operations internationally.”

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Drill baby, drill

Shell has announced that they will start exploring the Great South Basin. Predictably the Green taliban are outraged.

The NZ Herald reports:

Shell’s announcement that it will drill for gas in the Great South Basin has sparked a warning from the Greens.

The party’s oceans spokesman Gareth Hughes said his party opposed all deep sea drilling as it was too risky.

“This is a particularly risky environment it’s between the roaring forties and the furious fifties. We saw one of the world’s largest oil companies Exxon Mobil pull out in 2010 because they said the conditions were too harsh and the location remote. Those conditions still exist for Shell.”

Hughes said the company was imperiling the country’s beaches at a time when New Zealanders were out enjoying them.

Really? They aren’t drilling for oil Gareth…they are drilling for gas.?Does Gareth Hughes want to explain how gas will imperil our beaches! ?God I hope some explorer finds a trillion barrels of oil with all this drilling and we can shut the Greens up forever and wallow in our riches with hip replacements for everyone who wants one.

But country chairman for Shell New Zealand Rob Jager said an exploratory well would not be drilled for two years and in that time the company and its joint venture partners would be developing safety and environmental contingency plans.

Jager said it was impossible to eliminate all risk but it could be minimised.

Shell was expecting to find gas in the 35,000sqkm field off the Otago and Southland coast.

Jager said there was only a remote chance of finding oil in the drilling area where water depths were about 1350m.

The RFC Gareth Hughes really needs to stfu along with his other green taliban pals. There is no risk of an oil spill from gas drilling.

But since he raised his head above the parapet and the new standard for not doing something in NZ is if it is risky I wonder what his thoughts are on cycling in Auckland city?

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.? Read more »

Lying in search of a sound bite

David Cunliffe has developed a habit of lying, or to be generous deliberately misconstruing facts.

His latest clanger is to annouce that there is ?70% risk of an oil spill and that Labour has discovered secret documents that prove it. Both are lies.

Of course the Herald dutifully reported Cunliffe’s lies as though they are fact:

Labour claims the Government has kept secret the real risk of a major oil spill at Anadarko’s proposed Kaikoura drilling site.

Labour Leader David Cunliffe says documents obtained under the Official Information Act show Environment Minister Amy Adams had international research 13 months ago that shows there would be a 70 per cent probability of a `reportable incident’ at the 1500m-deep Kaikoura well within a year of it opening.

Reportable incidents covers fire, vessel collision, injury, death, or pollution, including oil spills.

They were seven times more likely at the depth proposed off Kaikoura – and Raglan where a similar operation is planned – than the 300m depths drilled to off Taranaki, Mr Cunliffe said.

Mr Cunliffe alleged Ms Adams went to “great lengths” to keep the information from the public, telling Parliament there was a “very low” risk of a large scale oil spill occurring.

“This is a deliberate attempt by a relevant minister to deny the public information which is absolutely crucial to a mature debate on this issue.

“To know it is seven times more likely to have a serious incident on a deep sea exploration drill than an inshore drill is a very important fact to know.

“The Government needs to be honest about the risks of deep sea oil drilling, especially when the Kaikoura community and the wider public hold serious reservation’s about Anadarko’s plans.” ? Read more »

Environmental Disaster? Not so fast

The Green Taliban will?probably?continue to insist that the Deepwater Horizon accident was na unmitigated environmental and ecological disaster that will never be cleaned up…except it has been mitigated…by nature.

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A C-130 Hercules from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, drops an oil-dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico May 5, 2010, as part of the Deepwater Horizon Response effort. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New details have emerged about “self-cleaning” effects in the Gulf of Mexico witnessed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Researchers reporting at?the American Chemical Society conferencerevealed details of a cascade of micro-organisms that spring into action to degrade oil.

Research has also outlined how chemical “dispersants” used in clean-up efforts actually frustrate these processes.

…?Terry Hazen of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been studying oil-degrading microbes in greater and greater detail since the disaster, even discovering some that had never been seen before.

They can break down the long-chain carbon-based “alkane” molecules present in oil – and in isolated conditions will even move towards oil.

“They’re really oil-seeking missiles,” he told the meeting.? Read more »

Will Gareth apologise now?

The Green taliban burned countless tonnes of greenhouse gases to politicise the accident. Phil Goff pretended to care too. They all claimed that the environment in the Bay Of Plenty was destroyed beyond repair, and they have used the accident to try and stop drilling for oil.

Greenpeace claimed tens of thousands of birds were affected, ignoring bird deaths from winter storms and inflating actual deaths.

They were all liars.

An endangered bird that was at risk of having its small population decimated by oil from Rena, is back flying high again.? Read more »

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.

Rena – Some facts the Greens and Media won’t tell you

One year on, the true extent of the “worst environmental disaster in New Zealand’s history” is being squeezed out in a reluctant media.

“Six dotterels died after the disaster and to date, 43 of the 56 birds that were caught and released back into the wild have been seen again.? Monitoring over the upcoming breeding season is expected to account for those not yet seen.”

The names of the six deceased?dotterels will not be released until their families have been informed.

The 6 are part of?a grand total of? 2,410 dead birds collected of which?1,448 were were oiled.

So that’s 1,448 birds, including seagulls, down to the Rena.

Compare that to the normal work of Mother Nature, and one cold day on the West Coast (where were you Global Warming when the birds needed you):

?”A mass death of prions occurred on the West Coast of the North Island last year when 250,000 birds died in a severe winter storm.”

Maybe the Greens should call for an enquiry into the weather.????Oh, wait….

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Sanford pollutes again

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Peter Goodfellow’s Sanford company is once again in the news for pollution. Currently under investigation in Samoa and now in Canterbury for pollution. It seems that Peter Goodfellow and those associated with him are constantly in the news for inept reasons.

Environment Canterbury is standing by its report that a maximum of 4000 litres of oil spilled into the Timaru harbour last weekEnvironment Canterbury is standing by its report that a maximum of 4000 litres of oil spilled into the Timaru harbour last week, despite claims by NZ First that as much as 40,000 litres was spilled.

NZ First yesterday called on Environment Canterbury (ECan) and Timaru port authorities to reveal the extent of last week’s oil spill, which, the party said, was a “major” volume.

NZ First leader Winston Peters said in a statement he had been “reliably informed” that 40,000 litres of fuel was spilled and that all that authorities would reveal was that it was a “significant” amount.

However, ECan’s South Canterbury on-scene commander for oil spills, Grant Finlayson, told the Timaru Herald on Thursday he estimated two to four tonnes of oil had spilled, equating to a maximum of 4000 litres.

Mr Finlayson said yesterday that figure had not changed.

Sanford Deepwater manager Darryn Shaw admitted last week that one of its deep-sea fishing vessels, the San Enterprise, was at fault.

Early indications were that an internal pipe had failed, causing fuel to make its way into another compartment and then overboard.

The incident happened on Wednesday and the spill had been contained and mostly cleaned up by Thursday afternoon.

Booms have been placed along the wharf as a precaution and will remain there for about a week.

Sanford could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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