17 Oct '11, 9pm

Worst of New Zealand Oil Spill Yet to Come as Ship Starts to Break Apart #NZoilspill

Worst of New Zealand Oil Spill Yet to Come as Ship Starts to Break Apart #NZoilspill

The ongoing oil spill off the coast of New Zealand began nearly two weeks ago, but it will get worse before it gets better, officials predict. Much worse. Since the Rena ran aground on a reef, oil has been steadily but slowly leaking into the ocean and reaching shore. But the ship's position on the reef has become increasingly precarious, battered by high winds and 12 foot waves. The breakup of the ship and the spilling of another 1,000 tons of oil into the water are likely imminent, reported the New Zealand Herald . Thousands of volunteers and military personnel are working to clean the beaches and affected wildlife, and criminal charges have already been filed against members of the ship's crew. Through the weekend, salvage crews continued an on and off effort to recover the oil that is still on the Rena, sucking it out through a tube. Bad weather conditions have made fo...

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