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Diesel spill in Gladstone harbour third issue in a fortnight

THE maritime safety watchdog is investigating another spill in Gladstone harbour - the third environmental issue for the busy port in just a fortnight.

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) was advised of a diesel spill about 11.30am on Thursday, at Passage Island Channel within the harbour construction zone. A spokesman for MSQ said officers found a very light sheen on the water, taking samples and inspecting nearby vessels.

"Diesel is a light fuel oil which quickly evaporates in sunlight, posing a low environmental risk," he said.

It follows a Gladstone Ports Corporation investigation into what was believed to be coal fines that appeared in the harbour.

A concerned local is outraged after finding oil in the water at the wharf directly in front of the Gladstone Ports Corporation on June 7. Photo Contributed
A concerned local is outraged after finding oil in the water at the wharf directly in front of the Gladstone Ports Corporation on June 7. Photo Contributed Contributed

The GPC could not pinpoint what caused coal fines to be in the water last Friday.

 

Also last week, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) launched an investigation, after a bund wall leaked dirty water into the harbour, due to faulty equipment.

"Independent environmental water quality monitoring for (the dredging) shows no visible or scientific signs of any negative impact from changes in water quality to date," a GPC spokesman said.

"MSQ requires anyone working on projects in the harbour to report all potential oil pollution incidents regardless of how minor they may appear," he said.