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Diesel spill highlights poor communication

Published 16/06/2016

Further to the diesel spill that has put wildlife in an Area of Special Scientific Interest at risk (News, June 14), I am concerned at the apparent lack of communication from both the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Caterpillar NI.

The main concern from residents is that NIEA did not respond quickly in terms of notifying people about the spill and in seeking to clean up the spill; rather, they are monitoring the situation. This has caused many people to worry about possible health impacts.

The diesel continues to drift towards Muck Island and the Gobbins, both protected areas, with large numbers of seabirds sustaining chicks with potentially contaminated food.

I am seeking answers from the DAERA minister as to what measures were taken to prevent people from entering the water, whether NIEA is aware of the impact of the diesel spill on health, what clean-up measures are being taken and if Caterpillar NI will cover the cost.

STEVEN AGNEW MLA

Leader, Green Party in NI

Belfast Telegraph

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