Deliberate act suspected over oil slick

One of several containment booms set up on the River Wyre to deal with oil and white spirit which had leaked into the river at Scorton.

One of several containment booms set up on the River Wyre to deal with oil and white spirit which had leaked into the river at Scorton.

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AN oil slick found in the River Wyre earlier this year could have been deliberately dumped.

That is the conclusion of an Environment Agency’s report into the pollution incident at Scorton.

Fire crews, council officers and EA staff were called to the river in February after a large quantity of oil-like substance was reported.

Following a lengthy probe the source of the pollution is still unknown but officials believe it could have been dumped at the site.

EA spokesman Helen Dix said: “Following the oil spill into the River Wyre we carried out investigations to identify the source of the pollution.

“After a thorough investigation we suspect the spill was the result of illegal tipping or the accidental spillage of oil into the river.

“As the guardian of water quality the Environment Agency is responsible for making sure that water meets European standards.

“We rely on the public to report incidents of pollution when they take place.

“Pollution incidents can be reported to the Environment Agency’s Incident Line on 0800 807 060, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The EA said suggestions an oil tank at a village church was responsible had been ruled out.