Solomon islands oil spill for the new york times

Recent work for The New York Times.

Three months ago the seven hundred foot long ‘Solomon Trader’ slammed into a reef on remote Rennell Island, a coral atoll and part of the Solomon Islands. The ship carrying bauxite rich soil bound for China ran aground in Kangava Bay, home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Three hundred tons of fuel oil leaked into the sea, wreaking havoc on the sensitive coastline and its delicate marine ecosystem. The spill is a tragedy for the ocean and the locals whose lives depend on it. However the incident exposes a more calculated and sinister catastrophe unfolding in real time on Rennell Island and throughout the Solomon Islands: The illegal exploitation of natural resources from an economically poor nation by foreign owned companies.

The full piece can be seen here.

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