From my facebook
Some opportunistic bugger is trying to offload their boat
Tom Scott does his cogent take
The Herald (and I wonder what happened to HappyFeet)
But it really does get the sense of the important question. Why in the hell are we wanting to put oil spill control for all of the deep sea exploration in the hands of the ill-equipped and grossly underfunded Maritime NZ. They clearly are not up to the task at present.
This is hardly news as authors here have pointed it out many times here, here, here, here, here, and for that matter there is a wealth of posts here. If we can see the dangers, why can’t the fools in government. It appears that there are no useful plans to clean up anything much apart from Brownlee’s fantasy from last year that minor tweaks to regulations affect anything in the real world.
But I guess the current government ministers are just too blinded by the budget deficit that they have caused. Perhaps they should reverse their frigging taxcuts for their wealthy mates so we can expand Maritime NZ so they can handle a small oil spill.