River Frays oil spill leaves water murky

EN­VI­RON­MENT AGENCY LAUNCHED IN­VES­TI­GA­TION INTO THE SOURCE OF THE POL­LU­TION

Hayes & Harlington Gazette - - NEWS - By QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

AN IN­VES­TI­GA­TION has been launched into an oil spill in the River Frays in Fass­nidge Park, Uxbridge .

Lo­cal res­i­dents first no­ticed a “sol­vent smell” com­ing from the park late on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 4 and the fol­low­ing morn­ing, a thick layer of dark liq­uid could be seen sit­ting on top of the river.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) was called the next day and used river booms to con­tain the spill and pre­vent the oil from spread­ing fur­ther along the river.

Of­fi­cers then worked with Thames Water to trace the source of the pol­lu­tion, open­ing up man­hole cov­ers and in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­side.

The source was iden­ti­fied and stopped and EA of­fi­cers are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing what may have caused the spill and are “re­me­di­at­ing” its ef­fects.

When GetWestLon­don asked what the source of the oil was, EA de­clined to com­ment as the in­for­ma­tion is part of an ac­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The spill was vis­i­ble in Fass­nidge Park, at a pop­u­lar spot for chil­dren to feed the ducks, how­ever wit­nesses said that there were no ducks vis­i­ble through­out the time of the spill.

The spill had “min­i­mal im­pact to the wildlife and en­vi­ron­ment in the area,” ac­cord­ing to an EA spokesman.

The spokesman con­tin­ued: “We car­ried out a dye test to find the route from the source of the pol­lu­tion to the river, and so mem­bers of the pub­lic may have seen a brightly coloured dye in the water. This dye is harm­less to wildlife and the en­vi­ron­ment.

“Mem­bers of the pub­lic who see pol­lu­tion in wa­ter­courses should re­port it to the En­vi­ron­ment Agency by call­ing our in­ci­dent hot­line on 0800 807060.” Visi­tors re­ported a sol­vent smell was com­ing from the oil spill in the River Frays, which runs along Fass­nidge Park in Uxbridge A thick layer of black liq­uid cov­ered much of the river in Fass­nidge Park, Uxbridge – a Green Flag park

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