Emergency clean up prevents Castleton oil spill spreading

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The Environment Agency (EA) has been on site near Peakshole Water in Castleton after approximately 25 litres of used cooking oil were accidentally spilled into a surface water drain.

A member of the public reported the pollution, and EA officers quickly launched a clean-up operation with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the oil was prevented from spreading towards the watercourse.

EA officer Paul Reeves said: “This is an excellent example of how partnership work can help protect wildlife and the environment.

“We were able to respond quickly by combining resources with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, thereby keeping the impact to the environment in this beautiful area within the Peak District National Park to a minimum.”

The two organisations used booms and absorbent pads to contain and remove the oil.

Since the incident on Saturday, September 9, there have been no reports or sightings of affected wildlife.

Paul added: “We ask anyone who observes suspected pollution to report it to our hotline on 0800 807060.”