28 Apr 2015

Tauranga oil spill clean-up begins

11:58 am on 28 April 2015

A clean-up of an oil spill in Tauranga Harbour has started in earnest after bad weather had hampered efforts to get rid of the oil.

Boats moored at the bay in Tauranga.

Boats moored at the bay in Tauranga. Photo: 123rf

Bay of Plenty Regional Council said the heavy fuel came from a berthed vessel at about lunchtime yesterday.

The council did not know how much oil had gone into the water, but said it had washed ashore along the harbour's Maungatapu Peninsula which is populated by a wide variety of birdlife.

Boats have been out on the harbour this morning, setting out booms to contain the oil spill.

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