HMN-Four ducks were euthanized after an oil spill from a New Zealand industrial site. Stuff.co reports that some of the oil may have entered the nearby Oreti river.
Four ducks were euthanised following a large spill of used oil into a Southland waterway.
Environment Southland was notified of the oil spill in a tributary of the Winton Stream on Thursday night but only alerted the public on Monday afternoon through a Facebook post.
Oil from industrial premises in Winton had entered the stormwater system and had been discharged into a tributary of the Winton Stream.
Environment Southland compliance manager Simon Mapp said trucks were dispatched to suck up the oil after they were notified on Thursday night.
Oil booms were placed in the near the stormwater outlet on Price Rd and downstream near culverts in an effort to contain the spill.
The oil was visible at Price Rd and Gap Road West.