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'Significant' oil spill at Timaru port

Published: 2:55PM Thursday May 03, 2012 Source: ONE News

Environment teams have contained an oil spill at the Port of Timaru.

Environment Canterbury said a significant amount of oil began to spill from a deep sea fishing vessel yesterday morning.

Absorbent material was shipped overnight to Timaru to help in the clean-up and Environment Canterbury's team was working with the vessel's owners to complete the clean-up.

A wildlife co-ordinator was assessing the impact of the spill on local wildlife.

It is not known yet the exact amount of oil that was released or the cause of the spill, but the spill has stopped and has been contained.

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