Pennine Waterways News

Friday, 20 March 2009

Peak Forest Canal - Pollution Update

The Stoppage which has completely closed the Lower Peak Forest Canal continues.

Clearance of the oil that seeped into the canal from a ruptured underground storage tank on a site near Manchester Road is currently under way.

There is little visible sign of the pollution now except a thin film of oil on the surface in places between Hyde and Ashton. However, much of the heavy lubricating oil has now sunk to the bottom of the canal. There have been no reports of any dead fish on that section of canal although the RSPCA were called out to deal with ducks and geese who had to have their feathers cleaned.

BW will issue a further update on 30th March.

See photos on earlier post.

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