WILDLIFE FACES DIESEL DANGER.
ENVIRONMENT experts are investigating the dumping of diesel oil in a river.
It is feared the trail of diesel more than half a mile long has affected wildlife along the River Birkett in Moreton, Wirral.
Investigators from the Environment Agency were at the scene today, near to Reeds Lane and Old Pasture Road.
Firefighters were alerted to the spillage at around 6am when they received a call from a member of the public.
Watch commander Kevin Parrington said: ``When we arrived the spillage was stretching for about half a mile. It has come from an unknown source.
``There are a lot of moorhens nesting along the river, which are bound to be affected by the spill.''
A clean-up operation is now under way in a joint operation between the Environment Agency and the National Rivers Authority.
It is thought the diesel may have been dumped in the early hours of the morning.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: ``The fire brigade notified us this morning of an oily film on the river.
``There is no source for it at the moment, but it could be that the pollution has been washed up the river because of the heavy rainfall. Or there is a possibility it may be a spillage.
``Our officers are investigating.''
RIVER BIRKETT: The diesel pollution may have affected wildlife; Picture: JASON ROBERTS
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Aug 1, 2002|
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