12 Oct '11, 9pm

Criminal Charges Filed as the New Zealand Oil Spill Continues to Worsen #oilspill

The oil spill off the New Zealand coast, already the country's worst environmental disaster in decades, continues to worsen. Severe weather has been rocking the Rena, knocking its cargo into the sea. The gap in its hull is widening, and officials worry that it's not a matter of if the ship will break in two, but when. The captain and second officer of the Rena are now facing criminal charges of operating a vessel in a manner causing unnecessary danger or risk, reported the New Zealand Herald . So far, 70 containers have tumbled off the ship into the water, releasing cargo like freeze dried coffee and beef into the ocean. The containers still on the ship are unstable, so salvage workers cannot safely recover the 1,600 tons or so of oil in the Rena's fuel tanks. The worst is yet to come: officials believe that the ship will soon break in two, spilling all that oil at once. T...

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