GROUNDED SHIP LEAKS 80 TONS OF OIL NEAR PACIFIC UNESCO SITE
On March 1, Australian officials announced that a large Hong Kong-flagged ship, which was chartered by the Bintan Mining Company to carry bauxite for aluminum production, has run aground next to a UNESCO World Heritage site in the Solomon Islands and has been leaking oil since February 5. Australian experts estimate that more than 80 tons of oil has leaked into the sea and shoreline in ecologically sensitive area and more than 660 tons of oil remain aboard the ship. Both Australia and New Zealand have sent experts to help monitor the spill. For the full story, see https://www.apnews.com/671654144ac74b21b05b58675f4d9163.