Environmental cost is counted



THE environmental ramfications of Gladstone's oil spill were being felt yesterday, as the clean-up of Queensland's worst oil spill continued.

The spill of 25 tonnes occurred when a fuel tank on the Korean coal carrier Global Peace was ruptured by the tug Tom Tough during berthing just before midnight on Tuesday.

The focus on day two of the clean-up was on the worst affected areas ? RG Tanna Coal Terminal, Auckland Point and the Calliope River ? and the Environmental Protection Agency assessed the en-vironmental damage.

A number of birds had been oil-affected but the far-reaching costs to the seafood industry became readily apparent.

Gladstone seafood industry expected all sectors to be affected as the oil spread through the mangroves causing their death, affecting habitats and food sources.

A total of seven tonnes of oil had been removed from the harbour yesterday.



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