I am MAD! And that is the understatement of the year! I cannot believe that The Rena has run aground at the mount on a reef that is very well documented and so close to the top of the water you can see the waves breaking on it. What kind of fool pilots a ship straight into a fucking rock that everyone knows is there?
Now as a result some of the best recreational fishing and swimming in New Zealand has been polluted beyond using this spring. The resulting damage that the oil is doing to our ecosystem is so catastrophic for our little country that I cannot begin to put it into word. Penguins and other sea birds are washing up along the shore line so covered in oil that they can no longer swim or fly. Even though there is a team working to get these birds back into good condition, if they keep washing up at the rate they already are there is no way we will be able to save them all. And it’s only going to get worse.
Whoever sent that ship to our shores needs to, and will PAY!
On the news tonight it was reported that inspections in both china and Australia saw the ship had issues in several areas including substandard maps. So my question is this: What on god’s green (or not so much at this point) was that ship doing in our water never mind on the sea at all in that state?
It is going to cost a lot of money, and a lot of time, to restore our coastline back to a useable state. My children and I spend hours upon hours at this particular beach every summer, fishing and swimming. Now due to the incompetence of one or more people we have lost the use of one of our most treasured places to spend family time fishing for snapper for dinner and building sand castles.
The worst part is if more oil escapes the ship we could be facing years of lost fishing and shell fish collecting that we as a family and as individuals look forward to every year.
What I would like to say to the people responsible is not publishable but…
#$!@^ !% @$ !@%@^ @$@%@^ **@&%@$ *!@ *^&@% (*&%# ^*&% **&% **^&% ((*&^%% $# ##$% ^$#@ !@@ ^&$# @ $$%^
…is about the gist of it.