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Apr 28, 2015

05:28:20 GMT--Environment Pollution - Australia - New Zealand

EDIS Number: ED-20150428-47978-NZL
Date / time: 28/04/2015 05:24:35 [UTC]
Event: Environment Pollution
Area: Australia
Country: New Zealand
State/County: North Island
Location: Tauranga [Tauranga Harbour]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate


International fuel giant Mobil has confirmed it owned the pipe which leaked oil into Tauranga Harbour. Mobil was refueling a ship in Tauranga Harbour yesterday when an oil spill was noticed in the water. Mobil New Zealand public affairs manager Samantha Potts told the Bay of Plenty Times Mobil was a refueling a ship on the water yesterday when a sheen was observed. "We immediately shut down our fueling operations at the wharf. We have identified the sheen was originating from a fuel pipe line, which was shut down straight away and is still currently shut down." Ms Potts confirmed Mobil owned the pipe that leaked. Ms Potts said yesterday's rough weather conditions had helped disperse the fuel. "The priority is containing any remaining fuel oil on the water and cleaning up any impacts on the local environment." Mobil is working with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to assess the situation and respond as needed, Ms Potts said. At this stage, Mobil had no idea of the volume of fuel that leaked into the harbour. "We don't know what the cause [of the leak] was. There was a leak from the pipe line as far as we can tell. There will be a full investigation to understand why this happened."

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