Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shen Neng 1 refloat disappoints environmentalists

The successful refloating of the Shen Neng 1 will deeply disappoint environmental activities who had hoped the ship would break up on Douglas Shoal spilling 65,000 tons of coal and almost 1,000 tons of fuel oil onto the Great Barrier Reef. Had the Shen Neng 1 befouled the reef with coal and oil the disaster could be added to the list of evils associated with Australia's coal export industry hopefully hastening its demise. The destruction of a tiny section of the reef would be a small price to pay for the mortal wounding of the coal exporting corporate giants.


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