July 16, 2008

Oil Firm Fined GBP 3000 Over Slick in Forth

A COMPANY which caused an oil slick in the Firth of Forth last year has been fined GBP 3000.

Ondeo Industrial Solutions, which operates a treatment plant at the Grangemouth oil refinery, pled guilty to carrying out a controlled activity liable to cause pollution to the water at Falkirk Sheriff Court yesterday.

Heavy rain had led to an increased amount of water in the treatment plant's system, resulting in water contaminated with oil being discharged into the Forth.

The resulting spill stretched from the Grangemouth complex down to the Forth bridges.

However, there were no reports of oiled birds or fish being killed.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency's Colin Bayes said: "The area is of high nature conservation value and it is recognised by a number of national and international special designations.

"This successful prosecution highlights the serious nature of such polluting incidents which can have a devastating effect on a wide area of the ecosystem."

Fining Ondeo, Sheriff Craig Caldwell said it appeared the incident had been caused by extreme weather, but added that the company should have planned for such events.

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