Quote of the week.

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Subject: Quote of the week.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2002 15:52:25 +1000
Hi Birding-aussers, from Queenslands Courier Mail page 7 this morning, "There is only one rock between Lord Howe Island and South America and these guys hit it" was the blunt assessment of a navy officer as the Australian-led rescue effort swung into action." That must mean the Royal Navy never misses right - great!!!
Also from the same article "The warship leaked a small amount of light diesel oil but it was dispersing into deeper water causing minimal damage." What constitutes a small amount as in the 'Australian' The Nation, page 3 "Navigation sensors were disabled in the collision and 50 to 90 tonnes of its diesel load leaked into the ocean." A considerable amount - or not? Maybe not if it disperses and breaks up fairly quickly.
Most concern in both publications pointed to potential damage to the areas reefs and the relief on finding that the slick was dispersing to the northeast. Still no mention of concern for local marine life, in particular birds. Does anyone on birding-aus have a contact on Lord Howe who might enlighten us as to any casualties. Cheers - Paul.
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