Oceanic Grandeur, Torres Strait, 3 March 1970

Oceanic Grandeur, Torres Strait, 3 March 1970

The oil spill from the Oceanic Grandeur in Torres Strait in March 1970 highlighted Australia’s lack of preparedness at the time to deal with a major oil spill in the marine environment. Only one pollution incident since, the Kirki in 1991, has resulted in a larger spillage of oil into Australian waters. image from : […]

Oil Spills: Impact on the Ocean

Oil Spills: Impact on the Ocean

In 2000, several thousand penguins were affected by a fuel oil spill after the iron-ore carrier Treasure sank off South Africa. Many oil-soaked birds were cleaned and released. Oil waste that coalesces into a tar-like substance or that saturates sediments above the surf and tide level is especially persistent. Efforts to remove the oil and […]

Sticky Situation – Vacuum Hose to Clean Up Beach

Sticky Situation – Vacuum Hose to Clean Up Beach

Workers use a vacuum hose to clean up a beach in Louisiana polluted by the BP oil spill. “There are people down on that beach that are begging to talk to reporters, because they’re having pay issues, having problems,” says Dillon of the workers in Grand Isle. “Any of those laborers that are down there […]