Hundreds clean up oil on beaches
ABOUT 500 oil spill responders have been on Bay of Plenty beaches today, removing patches of gluggy spillage from the stranded and breaking Rena.
The heaviest concentration of oil has been on Papamoa beach.
Wildlife is dying and the area's pristine white sand beaches are turning black with oil and are dotted with containers which have been lost overboard.
By early today around 50 tonnes of solid waste and five tonnes of liquid waste had been scooped from beaches, reported Newstalk ZB.
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says Shoreline Clean-up Assessment Teams are continuing to conduct assessments from Waihi to Whakatane.