Disaster declared after Australia oil spill
Queensland state Premier Anna Bligh declared Moreton Island, Bribie Island and southern parts of the Sunshine Coast as disaster zones after a ship lost more than 30 tons of fuel when its hull was pierced by a container washed overboard.
It may well be the worst environmental disaster Queensland has ever seen. Bligh told Australian Associated Press
The ship was capable of carrying 100 tons of oil and the spill was now much larger than initial reports indicated, she said.