- 17 March 2009 | Environment
Last Thursday, Queensland, Australia, suffered one of its worst environmental disasters.
A cargo ship leaked tons of fuel into the ocean after cyclonic seas caused containers of ammonium nitrate to break loose and rip giant holes in the hull of the ship.
Why the ship was out in these rough sea conditions will be the subject of a full investigation.
To date, the total amount of oil spilled has not been determined, but a spokesman for the company Swire Shipping, Ltd.
which owns the vessel in question, says that it's believed to be significantly more than the 11,000 gallons originally estimated.
The amount of wildlife affected by the spill is yet to be determined as well, but state Environmental Protection Agency workers are on the scene.