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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 extending up to 1 kilometre out to sea. The refinery said that this spill posed no threat to the shoreline…

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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. “The problem with dispersant is that often it can cause as much damage as the oil itself,” he said. Greenpeace…

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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, No.5). Included in this journal was an article titled “The Redcliff Issue”. It was a report by the Australian Fishing…

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