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Falklands : OIL CONTAMINATION ON STANLEY COMMON INVESTIGATED
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 22.06.2013 (Article Archived on 20.07.2013)

Reports of an oily sheen developing on two small ponds on Stanley Common in the vicinity of the Mary Hill Quarry were immediately investigated by the Public Works Department (PWD) and Environmental Planning Department (EPD).





OIL CONTAMINATION ON STANLEY COMMON INVESTIGATED



By J. Brock (FINN)



Reports of an oily sheen developing on two small ponds on Stanley Common
in the vicinity of the Mary Hill Quarry were immediately investigated by the
Public Works Department (PWD) and Environmental Planning Department (EPD).  Oil is not believed to have leached out from
the quarry following the previously reported incident that occurred during the
disposal of old oil drums, which is subject to an ongoing cleanup by PWD.



 



It is most likely that the reported sheen was caused by a small amount
of diesel leaking from the fuel tank of a scrapped vehicle that was parked immediately
outside the quarry towards the end of last week. Normally scrapped vehicles
would be left inside the quarry, but in this instance it is thought it was left
outside because of the ongoing clean up before being moved.



 



In consultation with Falklands Conservation, absorbent pads have been
used to remove the surface sheen and minimize further spread onto the
Common.  Fencing is also being put up to
keep horses away from the affected area.



 



Any enquiries should be directed to Colin Summers, Deputy Director of
Public Works on 27193.



 



 

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