Local authority assists in oil leak detection

Longford County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland recently joined forces to secure an oil spillage which was contained within a drain leading to the River Shannon in Lanesboro.

Longford County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland recently joined forces to secure an oil spillage which was contained within a drain leading to the River Shannon in Lanesboro.

“Longford County Council recently became aware that an oil spillage had occurred in the Lanesboro area,” a spokesperson added. “Employees working in the Council’s Environment Department conducted investigations and it was discovered that as a result of the spillage, oil had begun to enter a water course and was causing pollution. The Council immediately deployed a number of booms in the watercourse and this resulted in the spillage being largely confined. The booms are designed to contain spillages and to absorb oil that is floating on the surface of waters.”

Following on from the investigations, the local authority discovered that the oil in question, had in fact leaked from a domestic oil storage tank. “The owners of the tank were contacted and have cooperated with the Council in an effort to minimise the effect of the leak,” said the spokesperson.