Charges following oil spill and asbestos dump

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A demolition and digger company will join the owner of a ship which leaked oil in Tauranga's harbour last year to face charges at Tauranga District Court today.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council and Tauranga City Council have come together in the joint prosecutions.

The owner of the container ship Liloa will face prosecution for allegedly leaking about 1000 litres of heavy fuel oil into Tauranga Harbour at the Port of Tauranga in July last year.

Oil spilled over the ship's deck and into the water during a refuelling accident. There was oil contamination in the water and contaminated sea grass was removed from Pilot Bay.

The regional council has also called on demolition and digger hire company 'C' Side to face charges after allegedly illegally disposing of asbestos-contaminated demolition waste and clearing native vegetation in Otumoetai last year.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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