Thursday, January 26, 2012
Green Peace, No deep sea oil drilling
My No deep sea Oil Drilling sign was ripped away by an idiot. I happened to be nearby with my camera. I wanted to snap her photo and confront her. On second thoughts, I decided as a friend of Green Peace, I was too gentleman to be engaged in a scuffle. It won't be good if I appeared on National TV for breaking the peace.
This Green peace member stands at a street corner educating about protecting the earth. Sometimes, he is subjected to abuse like the person who ripped away my sign. But he always smiles.
Rena photo courtesy The NZ Herald.
Salvage crews have removed four containers of dangerous goods from the bow of the broken ship Rena.
Maritime New Zealand said the containers removed yesterday held empty tanks that were formerly used to store hydrogen peroxide.
Most of the chemical had escaped from the tanks - though residual traces remained, MNZ said.
Cargo recovery company Braemer Howells would use special procedures to process the dangerous goods when they were brought ashore.
Salvors have now recovered 43 containers from the Rena since it broke in two earlier this month.
About 400 containers are still in the mostly submerged stern section of the ship.
Here's an email from Green Peace.
A child's spade in the spilled oil2012 is a critical year for New Zealand’s coastlines.
As the Rena finally breaks up and Bay of Plenty residents brace themselves for more oil on local beaches, international oil giants see only the ‘opportunity’ of deep sea oil drilling around New Zealand’s coast lines.
An estimated 20,000 birds died after the shipwrecked Rena spilled 350 tonnes of oil into the Bay of Plenty. The death toll amongst other wildlife, like whales, seals and fish, will likely never be known.
A team from Greenpeace was there to help with the clean up but we never want to see oil on NZ beaches again.
A spill from a deep sea oil rig could be more than a thousand times worse than that seen from the Rena. A blowout similar to that experienced by the deep-water horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico would overwhelm New Zealand. Our beaches, marine life, tourism and fisheries industries are all at risk of devastation.
This year will be crucial to stopping the oil giants coming to our shores. To stop them we need your help.
Please make a real difference and join Greenpeace today.
Your donation will support our work to reverse the government’s policy of opening NZ waters to deep sea oil drilling.
Thank you again,
Calendar Cover Image- Maeve Doherty and the whole crew at Greenpeace
PS When you start a monthly donation of $30 or more, you will receive as a special welcome, a 2012 Greenpeace calendar with your first donation.