Re:Nottingham on the Rocks

Subject: Re:Nottingham on the Rocks
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 22:23:36 +1000
Hi all,

regarding my post about the light diesel, I didn't mean to imply it was
harmless.  I just wanted to point out that it was a hell of a lot less
of a problem than heavy fuel oil which other posts had suggested was
spilt, as it disperses and evaporates far more quickly, so it is a
hazard to wildlife for less time.  Once it disperses it is quickly
consumed by naturally occurring bacteria.  Heavy Fuel oil will coat
every bird, rock, beach etc. that it touches with a thick sticky goo.
Wildlife would not like swimming through a slick of either product.

 As far as the quantity  spilled, my experience is that newspapers will
just make up a number that looks good in their story.  The TV footage I
saw didn't show much of a slick around the ship.  We wont know the
extent of the disaster until someone knowledgeable goes and surveys the
area for affected wildlife.  I also find it bizarre and sickening that
people would think something like this was exciting.
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