UPDATE: Multi-agency response to Kerosene oil spill in Carmarthenshire

UPDATE: Multi-agency response to Kerosene oil spill in Carmarthenshire

PUBLISHED: 05 OCT 2016

We're working with partners to investigate an oil spill in a Carmarthenshire stream to minimise the impact on people and the environment.

Oil spill in a river

UPDATE 1700hrs 10 October 2016

Multi-agency response to Kerosene oil spill in Carmarthenshire continues

Work continued over the weekend to recover the oil spill that occurred in Nant y Caws, Carmarthenshire last week.

A substantial amount of oil has already been recovered from Nant Pibwr by Valero’s specialist contractors. They will continue to remove the oil over the next few days.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is working closely with partners to manage the response to the incident, to investigate how the incident happened, and prepare plans to remediate the site.

NRW has also assessed the impact on the local environment. Although the local impact to ecology and fish population is significant, the quick response to contain the spill has resulted in no impact downstream on the River Tywi at the moment.

Aneurin Cox, South Wales Operational Resources Manager for NRW, said:

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“As the work continues to recover the oil, we’ll continue to monitor the site and focus on finding out how this happened and will be advising on how to remediate the site.

“This incident has also had a major impact on the local community. We and our partners will continue to speak to local residents, farmers and anglers to keep them updated with the latest situation.

“If anyone sees dead fish or any wildlife in distress, or has any information about the incident please report it by calling 0300 065 3000.”

Welsh Water has confirmed that there is no impact on their drinking water supplies. 

Key partners (Dyfed Powys Police, South Wales Trunk Road Agent and Carmarthenshire County Council Highways) continue to review the traffic management plans in place. While the diversion already set up for the closure of the eastbound carriageway of the A48 presents congestion at peak travel times, and adding to the journey times of people using this route, it continues to remain a very necessary action to allow the specialist contractors to continue working on the site.

Chief Inspector Peter Roderick of the Specialist Operations Department of Dyfed-Powys Police said:

"Road users should remain confident that the traffic situation for this incident is being closely monitored by the Police and its key partners and that this will be further reviewed throughout the week.

“A further update on the traffic management plans required to effectively enable the specialist contractors to complete their work at the affected site will be released later in the week.”


UPDATE 1430hrs 7 October 2016

Multi-agency response to Kerosene oil spill in Carmarthenshire continues

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) will continue to work over the weekend to co-ordinate the response to the oil spill that occurred in Nant y Caws, Carmarthenshire earlier this week.

NRW is working closely with Valero, the company responsible for the work being carried out to fix the pipeline and for clearing up the kerosene that’s entered the Nant Pibwr.

At least 60,000 litres of the oil has already been recovered from the river, and specialist contractors will continue to remove the remaining oil over the coming days.

Aneurin Cox, South Wales Operational Resources Manager, Natural Resources Wales said:

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“Our staff will continue to monitor the site over the weekend as part of our work to investigate the environmental impact of the incident.

“We’ll also continue to respond to queries from local residents and talk to local farmers and angling clubs.

 “If anyone sees dead fish or any wildlife in distress, or has any information about the incident please report this on our incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”

Welsh Water has confirmed that there is no impact on their drinking water supplies. 

Officers are continuing to work closely with Carmarthenshire County Council, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Public Health Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and other partner agencies to minimise the impact on people and the environment.

UPDATE: 1400hrs 6 October 2016

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is continuing to co-ordinate the response and investigation into an oil spill in a Carmarthenshire stream.

The investigation is assessing the impact of the spill and to establish the exact amount of oil that leaked from a pipeline into the Nant Pibwr, Nantycaws, a tributary of the Afon Tywi.

Work is ongoing with a number of public agencies to minimise the impact on people and the environment from the spill. Specialist contractors are on site working to contain and remove the oil.

NRW is continuing to work closely with the company who are responsible for the work being carried out to fix the pipeline. It is estimated that between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of oil could have leaked and work is ongoing to establish a more exact figure.

A number of dead fish have been reported and NRW staff are regularly monitoring the river. Welsh Water has confirmed that there is no impact on local drinking water supplies. 

Officers are continuing to work closely with Carmarthenshire County Council, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Public Health Wales, Dyfed Powys Police and other partner agencies to monitor the local streams and rivers.

The agencies are advising people to:

  • Keep pets and livestock away from the water where oil is visible
  • Avoid contact with oil or contaminated material
  • Not to remove dead fish from the area as it is an important part of the investigation

Aneurin Cox, South Wales Operational Resources Manager, Natural Resources Wales said:

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“We are continuing to investigate this incident and monitor the impact on the environment.

“If anyone sees dead fish or any wildlife in distress, or has any information about the incident please report this our incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.”

A monitoring station has also been established near Bro Myrddin School as a precautionary measure as part of the work to investigate the impact. There is no evidence of any impact in this area. 

Local people may notice a smell of fuel oil in the area, Huw Brunt, Consultant in Environmental Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said:

“It is unlikely that anyone exposed to fuel oil for a short period of time will have any long term health effects. However, as a precaution we would advise the public to avoid contact with oils or contaminated material.

“If anyone gets fuel oil on their skin, they should remove clothing and wash using soap and water and if they feel unwell, should seek medical attention.”

UPDATE: 1800hrs 5 October 2016

We were called on Tuesday (4 October) to investigate the kerosene leak, which entered Nant Pibwr, Nantycaws from a nearby pipeline.

Our officers are continuing to work closely with Carmarthenshire County Council, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Public Health Wales, the Police and Fire and Rescue Service and other partner agencies to monitor the local streams and rivers.

Dead fish have been seen but we are advising members of the public not to remove them from the river.

Work is ongoing to establish the extent of the spill, but specialist contractors are working with the agencies to contain the oil to minimise the risk to the surrounding area.

Aneurin Cox, South Wales Operational Resources Manager, Natural Resources Wales said:

“Natural Resources Wales is working with partner agencies to assess and minimise the risk to public health and the environment.

“Our rivers provide a home to rich, diverse and valuable species of plants and animals so it’s important to deal with pollution as quickly as possible.

“We are doing all we can to stop the pollution and reduce its impact on fish and other wildlife that depend on the river.

“If anyone sees signs of dead fish or any wildlife in distress, or has any information about the incident please report this to Natural Resources Wales on our incident hotline on 0800 807060.”
A monitoring station has also been established near Bro Myrddin School as a precautionary measure as part of the work to investigate the impact. There is no evidence of any impact in this area.

Local people may notice a smell of oil in the area, Huw Brunt, Consultant in Environmental Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said:

“It is unlikely that anyone exposed to fuel oil for a short period of time will have any long term health effects. However, as a precaution we would advise the public to avoid contact with oils or contaminated material.

“If anyone gets oil on their skin, they should remove clothing and wash using soap and water and if they feel unwell, should seek medical attention.

“We would also advise that all pets are kept out of water where oil is visible.

“Anyone noticing kerosene odours arising from within their property should ventilate the area and contact the authorities.”

 
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