Beaulieu oil spill re­sponse tested

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An ex­er­cise has been held to test re­sponses to an oil spill on Hamp­shire’s privately owned Beaulieu River.

The Beaulieu Es­tate, Hamp­shire Ma­rine Unit, Ma­rine Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Nat­u­ral Eng­land, En­vi­ron­ment Agency and Hamp­shire County Coun­cil all took part in Ex­er­cise War­ren, un­der the watch­ful eye of the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency (MCA).

Har­bour master Wendy Stowe and her team were tested by re­spond­ing to the sce­nario of an oil spill, with a grounded ves­sel leak­ing fuel into the river. Ma­rine booms were de­ployed from War­ren Beach to con­tain the spillage and pre­vent it from spread­ing to en­vi­ron­men­tally sen­si­tive wildlife habi­tats.

Stowe said the MCA was pleased with their re­sponse, adding: “The ex­er­cise strength­ened our part­ner­ships with sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to plan for a multi-agency re­sponse if it is ever re­quired.”

The ex­er­cise saw ma­rine booms de­ployed from the Beaulieu River’s War­ren Beach

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