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May 13

May 13, 2014

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‘Hands Across the Sand’ to highlight risks of BP drilling in the Great Australian Bight

Time: 11am, Saturday, 17TH May 2014 Place: Semaphore Beach foreshore, SA The Wilderness Society’s SA Branch invites you to join hundreds of South Australians who will come together and join hands on the foreshore at Semaphore Beach on Saturday May 17th, 2014 on the Semaphore Beach foreshore. The action is intended to make a symbolic statement of opposition to inappropriate resource exploration and drilling in our seas and... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

Oil spills in St. Vincent’s Gulf in 1992

According to a report in The Advertiser earlier this year (1992), there had been a series of three oil spills at Port Stanvac over just a few months. The second spill resulted in a large fire. The third spill came from a rusty pipe on the refinery wharf. 400 litres of diesel caused a slick several hundred metres long and... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

The use of chemical dispersants in oil spill clean-ups

Chemical dispersants are usually used on marine oil spills to break up the slick. These dispersants are largely Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether. They are so toxic that they may do more harm than to the environment than the oil spill itself. Fauna Rescue spokesperson Doug Reilly said that chemical dispersants could add to the dangers for fish and bird life.... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

State Government enquiry into Port Bonython oil spill

The SA Government is conducting an enquiry into the Port Bonython oil spill and related matters. It is being held by the Environment, Resources and Development Committee. The enquiry will investigate the cause of the spill and the response to it, the potential for future spills in SA waters and plans to minimise similar tragedies occurring again. Submissions closed on... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

Vic Neverauskas’ talk about the Port Bonython oil spill

Vic Neverauskas from the Department of Fisheries was our guest speaker at our November General Meeting. Vic is the Scientific & Development Co-ordinator for Fisheries. His topic was the impact and monitoring of the Spencer Gulf oil spill. He told us how the spill occurred and how it reached the Port Pirie mangroves. He told us that the oil spill... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

The occurrence of chemical and oil spills in Upper Spencer Gulf in 1992

The waters of upper Spencer Gulf were subjected to two major spills during 1992. Marine life in the area was threatened as a result of both spills. The first spill occurred on the 7th of July 1992 when about 350 kilograms of chlorine leaked from a pipe at the Thomas Playford power station. This chemical spill killed fish in the... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

Society’s concern over effects of oil spills 1980-1992

For many years the Marine Life Society of South Australia has been concerned about the effects of oil spills on our marine life. I recently scanned through my extensive collection of Society newsletters and journals in search of any references to oil spills. The earliest reference to oil spills that I found was in our September 1980 MARIA journal (Vol.1,... Read more

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