Emer­gency re­sponse as oil slick found in canal

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

EMER­GENCY teams were called to the Leed­sLiver­pool Canal in Churck Kirk af­ter ‘two or three bar­rels worth of oil’ were found in the wa­ter.

The Canal and River Trust was called to the area to con­tain the sit­u­a­tion af­ter the oil slick was re­ported by a res­i­dent.

Gary Brit­land, 43, was walk­ing his dog when he saw the ‘30 to 40ft’ oil slick in the canal and close to wildlife in­clud­ing geese and king­fish­ers.

He said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it. It looked like at least two or three drums of oil had been thrown in.

“I could smell it and it was aw­ful. It was a right mess and the wildlife was go­ing to suf­fer.”

A trust spokesper­son said: “We are un­sure how the leak oc­curred but thanks to prompt ac­tion, the canal is now re­turn­ing to nor­mal.

“As soon as we re­ceived a call, our emer­gency team vis­ited the site and ar­ranged for a work­boat with a boom to de­ploy to help con­tain the oil.

“This hap­pened the fol­low­ing day and by this time the oil had dis­persed a lit­tle and drifted down the canal.

“With the spe­cial­ist boom equipment, our staff man­aged to con­tain the oil slick.”

Some of the oil con­tained on the canal in Church Kirk

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