10 Oct '11, 11pm

New Zealand Oil Spill Worsens as Oil Hits Shore, Threatens Local Wildlife via @TreeHugger

New Zealand's Mount Maunganui Beach, where oil is now washing ashore. Photo: Ronnie Macdonald / CC The unfolding oil spill in off the coast of New Zealand has worsened this afternoon, as the BBC reported that "fist-sized clumps of oil" have been found on Mount Maunganui beach. The potential disaster began on Wednesday, when the Liberian ship Rena ran aground on a reef. The ship is still there as efforts to recover the oil from the leaking vessel have been delayed by bad weather. The Rena only holds 1,700 tons of oil, a tiny amount compared to the scale of the BP oil spill . But even a small amount will pose a major threat to the Bay of Plenty, where the ship is grounded on the Astrolabe Reef. The area is home to a rich variety of wildlife , including seabirds, penguins and whales. Seven blue penguins and two cormorants have already been treated, according to the Guardian ....

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