CLOSURE OVER OIL SPILLAGE
A serious oil pollution incident caused a closure of a seven-mile length of the Great Ouse in September.
The spill, believed to have originated from Riverside Park in Huntingdon, affected the river as far downstream as below St Ives, with the locks at Godmanchester, Houghton, Hemingford and St Ives plus the reaches in between them temporarily closed to navigation. The Environment Agency deployed booms and spill kits to contain the oily substance, while the RSPCA carried out a wildlife rescue operation including taking a number of swans to a rescue centre.
As we went to press the EA was still investigating samples of the pollutant to attempt to identify it and find out its origin.