No pol­lu­tion fears for glen, say ex­perts

The Oban Times - - News -

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials have con­firmed there are no pol­lu­tion fears sur­round­ing a lochan at one of Skye’s most fa­mous beauty spots.

Last month, many of the hun­dreds who visit the Fairy Glen above Uig were left puz­zled by the bright or­ange streaks in the wa­ters of the lochan at the foot of the glen.

The­o­ries on what had caused the dis­coloura­tion in­cluded the pos­si­ble pres­ence of iron ore or al­gal bloom. The mys­te­ri­ous streaks van­ished when wind blew but were clearly vis­i­ble when the sur­face of the loch was still.

The sit­u­a­tion was re­ported by lo­cal res­i­dents to the Scot­tish En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (SEPA).

Asked to com­ment, a SEPA spokesper­son said: ‘SEPA and the High­land Coun­cil in­ves­ti­gated a re­port of dis­coloura­tion in the Fairy Glen ear­lier in July. We are con­tent pre­vi­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions have ruled out any lo­cal sources of pol­lu­tion and are sat­is­fied any changes in wa­ter qual­ity are likely to be the re­sult of nat­u­rally oc­cur­ring pro­cesses.

‘How­ever, we would ad­vise mem­bers of the pub­lic to con­tact us on 0800 807060 to re­port any po­ten­tial pol­lu­tion in­ci­dents.’

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