Concern at large oil spill on the Crumlin River – Kearney
Sinn Féin MLA for South Antrim Declan Kearney has expressed concern regarding a large oil spillage into the Crumlin River on Thursday evening.Speaking today Mr Kearney said: “There are serious concerns with regards to a substantial amount of fuel making its way into the Crumlin River on Thursday evening. “I was contacted by local residents who have told me that there was an extremely strong smell of fuel from 6pm onwards. “Fortunately we have not seen a fish kill but given the fact that twelve hours later there are still significant pockets of oil along the river, I would be concerned about other wildlife. “As it is late Spring, nesting kingfishers, dippers and herons, along with otters are having to pass through these slicks to access food. This is unacceptable. “The NI Water Pollution hotline was contacted and employees came out to monitor the river. I have since been in contact and have been assured that the Water Quality Team is actively investigating this incident. I have asked to be kept informed.
“The source of this fuel must be found. There have been too many incidents of pollution in the rivers across South Antrim in recent years. These practices must be stopped."