Rain flushes earlier oil spill into the river

MEASURES are being taken to contain an oil spill on the River Derwent at New Norfolk this morning. The Derwent Valley Council believes that the residue found on the river earlier today is a remnant of a spill at Laskey Car Park two weeks ago today.

“We have again been in touch with the Environmental Protection Authority this morning and our team have put measures in place around the drains and grates around the original spill, as well as around the outlet that feeds into the river,” the council posted on Facebook this morning.

“These measures include material to soak up any remnants of oil from the original spill that is now washing out due to the rain. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and work with the EPA on this matter.”

The original spill was from an oil tank behind a petrol station and the circumstances remain under investigation. Council officers have today been inspecting and replacing bunds that were put into place to contain and soak-up oil emerging from stormwater drains.

Picture: Council workers inspecting a bund placed at the river’s edge so soak-up oil from a stormwater outfall.

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