Solomon Islands Oil Spill Report Leaked to ABC Reveals Economic Losses of up to $50 Million

The economic loss from an oil spill near a world-heritage listed area of Solomon islands last year is estimated to be as high as $50 million.

The economic loss from an oil spill near a world-heritage listed area of Solomon islands is estimated to be as high as $50 million.

More than 300 tonnes of heavy fuel oil has spilled into the waters of Kangaya Bay from the damaged tanker. 

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) assessed the long-lasting impacts to the nearby marine environment. 

According to the report made by ABC,  the grounding has resulted in the direct loss of more than 10,000 square meters of reef and more than 4,000 square meters of lagoon habitat.

Almost 30,000 square meters of lagoon habitat has been exposed to heavy fuel oil afterward. 

Despite the Solomon Islands Government receiving the report more than a year ago, the contents have never been released to the public and the locals haven’t been compensated yet.


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