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Great Barrier Reef in Trouble: Chinese Oil Spill in Restricted Waters

I was horrified to see this Easter morning that a 755-foot Chinese owned bulk coal carrier rammed into the Great Barrier Reed earlier today.  I can’t even imagine the devastating damage that may occur to this ecosystem with this oil spill.

Even though coral reefs only cover approximately 1% of the world’s oceans, it provides homes to about 25% of all identified marine species.

Chinese Coal Ship Stranded West of Queensland state

The greatest threat now is that this vessel has almost 300,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil on the ship to run its engine which could end up in the Pacific Ocean.  The Australian authorities are doing everything possible to limit the impact of this incident.  A CNN quick summary broadcast below.

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