DCSIMG

Action stops beck danger

Waiting for Video...
 

A serious environmental disaster was averted after 3,500 litres of liquid fertiliser was spilled onto a Driffield Road.

The fertiliser spilled from a trailer which overturned while being pulled by a 
tractor near a roundabout on the Driffield by-pass on Sunday afternoon at around 3.30pm.

The chemical flowed into storm drain, and fears that it could pollute a nearby watercourse known as West Beck prompted a multi-agency response which included the police, fire service, the council and the Environment Agency.

Firefighters stemmed the flow of the chemical by shovelling clay in its path, while officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council deposited sand to soak it up.

Owner of the tractor and trailer, JSR farms Ltd, also sent a team to help with the clean up, while fertiliser producer YARA responded by sending four tankers to suck out polluted water from a nearby pond.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said there was risk that the fertiliser could have destroyed wildlife by affecting oxygen levels in water.

He said: “This had the potential to be a fairly serious incident, however prompt action minimised the potential risk.

“We are confident that the threat from slight contamination in a nearby pond was dealt with and there was little or no pollution in the beck.”

Meanwhile, police closed off part of Driffield by-pass up until midnight, causing disruption to bank holiday traffic.

JSR director Philip Huxtable apologised to the public for the inconvenience caused by the incident.

He said the fertiliser was being transported from a JSR farm to a potato field where it was going to be injected into the ground where potatoes were being planted.

He added: “It’s OK in the ground, but you don’t want it going near a water course.

“The good news is that nobody was injured. The driver was shaken up but he’s now ok and is back at work.”

Officers from the Environment Agency returned to the scene this week to check for levels of contamination. They say they have not found any dead fish.

Staff from JSR have also returned to he scene and have pumped out contaminated water from the pond onto a nearby field.

Police say they looking into the cause of the of the spillage.

“The good news is that nobody was injured. The driver was shaken up but he’s now OK and is back at work.”

Officers from the Environment Agency returned to the scene this week to check for levels of contamination. They said they have not found any dead fish.

Staff from JSR have also returned to he scene and have pumped out contaminated water from the pond onto a nearby field.

Police say they looking into the cause of the of the spillage.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page