New Zealand Ship Risks Oil Spill

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NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 5: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) The Liberian cargo ship, Rena, is foundering 13.5 nautical miles off Tauranga, New Zealand, after hitting a reef, on October 5, 2011. Reports of an oil sheen have been spotted on the surface of the water surrounding the ship.

Officials are scrambling to extract oil from a container ship that's been stranded on a coral reef in New Zealand. The Liberian vessel, Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef on Wednesday and has been leaking fuel since. A full-on oil spill could cause an environmental disaster for the ecosystem. The operation to extract the oil from the ship began Sunday and is expected to last two days.