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Written by Lindy Laird, The Northern Advocate   
Saturday, 22 October 2011

Marine conservationist Wade Doak says the fuel spill from the Rena would be a mere puddle compared to an oil tanker losing a load off Northland.

Mr Doak, of Ngunguru, said such a spill would be impossible to clean from Northland estuaries, mangrove forests and coastal environments. Any local authority could handle only small oil spills, up to about nine tonnes, and then only in calm conditions with little current.

"Bunker oil is worse than the light crude oil we import to Marsden Pt, but it is all unmanageable in a major spill with demanding conditions. If it gets into mangroves or wetlands nothing can be done. They will die with stinking consequences."

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