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Mobil fined $288k for BoP oil spill

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/05/2016

Mobil has been fined $288,000 for an oil spill into Tauranga Harbour.

Around 1500 litres of oil spilled in April last year when heavy fuel leaked from a rusty Mobil New Zealand-owned pipe while a boat was being refuelled.

The company apologised for the pollution after oil washed onto beaches and into the city's waterways.

While the Bay of Plenty Regional Council invoiced Mobil hundreds of thousands of dollar for the clean-up, it took the company the court on one charge of discharging a contaminant into water.

Judge Smith fined the oil giant $288,000 in court on Monday.

A crew of around 70 council workers took part in the clean-up after oil covered shorelines at Maungatapu and Bridge Marina.

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