The latest oil spill:
Leaked oil in Tauranga Harbour came from Mobil pipeline
Heavy fuel oil spilled from a ship bunkering at the Port of Tauranga has washed up along the shores of the city’s inner waterways – leaving a “boiling black mess”.
At least three birds were found oiled and taken to a Tauranga wildlife sanctuary following the spill at the port on Monday.
Mobil has confirmed the leak that led to oil being spilled into Tauranga Habour came from one of its pipelines during a ship’s refuelling at the Mount Maunganui wharf.
Video coverage: Thick, black oil spilled in Tauranga Harbour
A small spill but a timely reminder of the damage that oil can do. If we can’t even do simple things like refuel safely there is no way that we can guarantee the safety of deep sea drilling of the coast off NZ.