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ENVIRONMENTAL RESCUE New Zealand Ship Risks Oil Spill Fairfax Media / Getty Images

New Zealand Ship Risks Oil Spill

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.

October 9, 2011 8:10 AM