June 17, 2015
Oil blobs point to offshore crisis
A Waikanae woman says the discovery of oil blobs along 10 kilometers of lower North Island shoreline is a sign the oil industry has outstayed its welcome.
Jean Kahui from Frack Free Kapiti says the area includes ecosystems of national and international significance.
She says it’s the fourth spill she knows of in six years.
"Our authorities are minimalising it. They're saying 'oh it's just a few blobs of oil and it's not going to be any risk at all to our marine.' That's a ridiculous thing to say. These fields are 30 to 60 kilometres off our shore. By the time we've got oil blobs there's a huge amount of oil thats in our marine," Ms Kahui says.
She says the response to the spill show the government is ignoring the lessons of the Rena spill.
(Added June 22:) Horizons Regional Council says tests on samples washed on Foxton and Himatangi beaches indicate the oil probably came from a passing vessel rather than an offshore oil rig.
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