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Fuel leaks into East Lancs waterway near Tesco

Lancashire Telegraph: The filling station at Tesco in Haslingden was closed after the incident The filling station at Tesco in Haslingden was closed after the incident

A PROBE has been launched after a petrol leak at a supermarket affected a nearby waterway.

Motorists were turned away from the Tesco filling station at Haslingden on Saturday after a leak into nearby Langwood Brook, which first emerged on Thursday morning.

Borough council environmental health officers in Rossendale said there appeared to be no immediate risk to wildlife from the spillage.

But a multi-agency containment operation was launched and residents were being contacted by the Environment Agency and asked to report any issues they witness.

The supermarket chain’s own remedial engineers, Arcadis, were also involved in the clean-up.

A Rossendale Council spokesman said: “We are aware that there has been an incident involving petrol leaking into Langwood Brook, Haslingden.

“A multi-agency approach is being taken on this with Lancashire County Council's petroleum officer and the Environment Agency are investigating this with Tesco.

“The council's environmental team is monitoring the situation. There are no health risks at present, though this will continue to be monitored.

“The waters are also being closely monitored, but at present there is no issue. If any residents who live nearby are concerned, please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.”

A Tesco spokesman said: “We stopped the leak on Thursday morning and the fire service have advised us that there is no immediate danger to the public.The Environment Agency is now working with our engineers and other partner agencies to ensure the ground is cleaned up.

“Our store colleagues have been in touch with local residents to apologise for any smells caused by the leak and are keeping them closely updated as the clean-up progresses.”

An Environment Agency spokesman confirmed that officials were monitoring the situation over the weekend to ensure there were no after-effects from the spill.

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2:01pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Bat E Karen says...

"no immediate risk to wildlife from the spillage. "

The MEN are reporting sightings of dead fish all along the river.
"no immediate risk to wildlife from the spillage. " The MEN are reporting sightings of dead fish all along the river. Bat E Karen
  • Score: 7

10:12pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Rossendale Rover says...

They are sorry for having no petrol !
They have not even had the decency to say sorry for putting the petrol into my brook !

Every little sorry helps.
They are sorry for having no petrol ! They have not even had the decency to say sorry for putting the petrol into my brook ! Every little sorry helps. Rossendale Rover
  • Score: 11

4:08pm Tue 8 Jul 14

gillbacup says...

The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.
The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances. gillbacup
  • Score: -2

4:41pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Rossendale Rover says...

gillbacup wrote:
The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.
The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco.
The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river.
All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages.
Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements .
[quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.[/p][/quote]The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco. The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river. All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages. Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements . Rossendale Rover
  • Score: 5

1:07pm Wed 9 Jul 14

gillbacup says...

Rossendale Rover wrote:
gillbacup wrote:
The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.
The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco.
The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river.
All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages.
Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements .
So there was a smell of petrol on Thursday but nobody checked it until Friday a full 24 hours. Maybe if some action had been taken on Thursday then the damage to the wildlife would have been minimised. I am sure that Tesco will have plans in place to clean their mess up and try to help restore the wildlife and area the best they can. I am sure that Tesco will be conducting a serious investigation into this to prevent this ever happening again.
[quote][p][bold]Rossendale Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.[/p][/quote]The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco. The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river. All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages. Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements .[/p][/quote]So there was a smell of petrol on Thursday but nobody checked it until Friday a full 24 hours. Maybe if some action had been taken on Thursday then the damage to the wildlife would have been minimised. I am sure that Tesco will have plans in place to clean their mess up and try to help restore the wildlife and area the best they can. I am sure that Tesco will be conducting a serious investigation into this to prevent this ever happening again. gillbacup
  • Score: -1

1:25pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Rossendale Rover says...

gillbacup wrote:
Rossendale Rover wrote:
gillbacup wrote:
The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.
The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco.
The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river.
All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages.
Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements .
So there was a smell of petrol on Thursday but nobody checked it until Friday a full 24 hours. Maybe if some action had been taken on Thursday then the damage to the wildlife would have been minimised. I am sure that Tesco will have plans in place to clean their mess up and try to help restore the wildlife and area the best they can. I am sure that Tesco will be conducting a serious investigation into this to prevent this ever happening again.
I agree with you,Tesco have said today in this paper that they noticed on Thursday ?
Surely they should have moved quicker to elevate the problem straight away to prevent further pollution rather than waiting for the EA to come knocking which happened some 24 hours later.
Still no one has been in contact from tesco to apologise for there wrong doings,the water is still full of petrol and will require a full clean up .
[quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rossendale Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gillbacup[/bold] wrote: The MEN also said it was diesel, when in fact it was petrol, and dead fish as far as Radcliffe, now I know the rivers flow but not sure that this is to do with Tesco. so maybe the MEN needs to check it's facts out. Seems like Tesco are doing everything they can to resolve this, at least they haven't tried to hide what's happened like other businesses would under the circumstances.[/p][/quote]The facts are that there was a petrol smell on Thursday morning which got stronger on Friday , we then inspected the brook and found it was full of petrol, we informed the environment agency who then informed tesco. The brook runs for half a mile before it joins the river Irwell and all the fish, worms,frogs and other cruistations are dead as a result of this spillage before it's even got to the river. All this could and should have been averted if the petrol station had adequate interceptors to contain any spillages. Hopefully they will now be required to implement these improvements .[/p][/quote]So there was a smell of petrol on Thursday but nobody checked it until Friday a full 24 hours. Maybe if some action had been taken on Thursday then the damage to the wildlife would have been minimised. I am sure that Tesco will have plans in place to clean their mess up and try to help restore the wildlife and area the best they can. I am sure that Tesco will be conducting a serious investigation into this to prevent this ever happening again.[/p][/quote]I agree with you,Tesco have said today in this paper that they noticed on Thursday ? Surely they should have moved quicker to elevate the problem straight away to prevent further pollution rather than waiting for the EA to come knocking which happened some 24 hours later. Still no one has been in contact from tesco to apologise for there wrong doings,the water is still full of petrol and will require a full clean up . Rossendale Rover
  • Score: 2
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