Serious oil spill - Limekilns / Charlestown

Archived news: published on Wednesday 20 Feb 2019 by Fife Council

Update...
 

Friday, February 22, 2019, 2:30pm

Fife Council continues to co-ordinate the hard work being undertaken to clean-up the Fife coastline at Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil-based spill.
The clean-up plan of action is being successfully implemented, with the most contaminated areas being remedied first.

A specialist firm is in the process of removing and disposing of approximately 500 tonnes of contaminated material – mainly sand and seaweed - from the area. Further processes to remove the remaining oil from the sand will be ongoing.

The affected beaches and car park will remain closed to the public over the weekend, and until further notice. This is to ensure public safety and to protect the environment.  

We thank residents and visitors for their patience as the clean-up work continues.

The Fife Costal Path is being diverted, at the affected area, along adjacent streets. Walkers can pick up the main path again once beyond the affected area.

Thankfully, there has been minimum impact on birds and wildlife.

Sample testing by SEPA is still underway, and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 13:30pm

Work is continuing to clean-up the Fife coastline at Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil based spill in the area.

The affected beaches and car park will remain closed to the public over the weekend, and until further notice. This is to ensure public safety and to protect the environment.  We thank residents and visitors for their patience as the round-the-clock clean-up work continues.

The Fife Costal Path is being diverted, at the affected area, along adjacent streets. Walkers can pick up the main path again once beyond the affected area.

The clean-up plan of action is being implemented, with the most contaminated areas being remedied first.

A specialist firm is in the process of removing disposing of approximately 500 tonnes of contaminated material from the area.

Thankfully, there has been minimum impact on birds and wildlife.

Sample testing by SEPA is still underway, and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 3.30pm

Work is continuing to clean up the Fife coastline at Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil based spill in the area. It’s estimated around 250 tonnes of contaminated material is being removed from the area and will be disposed of by a specialist firm. Fortunately initial surveys indicate that there has been minimum impact on birds and wildlife.

Local residents are being asked for their patience as clean-up work will continue into the night tonight to take advantage of low tides.

Sample testing by SEPA is still underway and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

The affected areas remain closed to the public. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 11am

Progress is being made to clear contaminated seaweed and clean up the coastline around Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil based spill in the area.

Fife Council is working with partners including SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage, NHS Fife, Marine Scotland, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and their Specialist Contractor Briggs Marine  to deal with the situation.

Samples are currently being tested by SEPA and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

The affected areas remain closed to the public.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Fife Council is working with partners including SEPA , NHS Fife, Marine Scotland and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to investigate and clean up an oil based spill in the Limekilns / Charlestown area of the Fife coast. Limekilns beach and the area adjacent to the harbour have been affected and both sites have now been closed off to the public.

Since sightings of an oil-based product on the beach were reported earlier this morning, council teams have been on site erecting warning signs and starting a clean-up operation following defined plans for such incidents. The contaminated seaweed is being contained and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

The council will continue to work with partners on the clean-up operation and the public are advised to avoid the area until this is complete.

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