News

Reef campaigners ask where Corexit was used

The Shen Neng 1 ran aground on Douglas Shoal on April 3, 2010, causing an oil spill.
The Shen Neng 1 ran aground on Douglas Shoal on April 3, 2010, causing an oil spill. CONTRIBUTED

ENVIRONMENTAL activists have called for more government transparency, as concerns intensify over the use of toxic dispersant Corexit on oil spills in the Great Barrier Reef.

But the federal authority responsible for the chemical has hit back, saying existing stocks of Corexit are being "incinerated".

Australian Marine Conservation Society Great Barrier Reef campaign director Felicity Wishart called on state and federal governments to clarify the number of spills and locations where Corexit had been used.

"Many serious questions remain: how many litres of toxic Corexit have been used in Queensland waters?" Ms Wishart asked.

"Where was it released? What has been the impact and, more importantly, are people and marine life still at risk?"

The concern follows the 2010 Shen Neng 1 oil spill, when the 230m coal carrier ran aground on Douglas Shoal.

Spill dispersants Corexit 9527 and Slickgone were used during the Shen Neng incident, on about 4 tonnes of spilt fuel oil.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has since begun a mass disposal of Corexit 9527 and 9500A, beginning in 2011, after the chemicals failed to meet Australian standards.

The remainder of 9500A stocks will be disposed of before 2014.

AMSA spokeswoman Jo Meehan said Corexit would not be used for future spills.

"AMSA will use Slickgone NS in the event of an oil spill in Gladstone, which has passed AMSA's testing regime," she said.

Corexit wash-up:

  • Corexit 9527 and 9500A haven't met Australian Standards since 2011
  • Corexit 9527 met Australian Standards at time of Shen Neng 1 spill
  • AMSA has disposed of all Corexit 9527 stocks
  • 3000 litres of Corexit 9500A currently stored in Gladstone's National Plan stockpile
  • AMSA say all 9500A stocks will be disposed of by end of 2013
  • National Plan-accepted Slickgone NS will be used for future spills in Gladstone

Topics:  australian marine conservation society gladstone great barrier reef oil spill



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

He's accused of raping his cell mate while watching porn

Borallon Correctional Centre. Photo Contributed

A CAPRICORNIA Correctional Centre inmate is on trial.

BOM: Severe weather warning tonight

REAL TIME: A massive cloud band is moving across Rockhampton right now. Source: Real Time BSCH

Possible flash flooding for the region

She drove 7 hours to sell mangoes, and then a thief struck

Jason Pfingst of Lilly Pilly Organics wants to grow the Yeppoon Markets, as part of the new Relish Capricorn initiaitive.
Photo: Contributed  /  Rural Weekly

Sharon drives down almost every week to sell her mangoes

Local Partners

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman heads a group that bought the UGL warehouses in Paget for $10 million.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!