Essex pig farm fined over pollution incidents

Contaminated water in a ditch in West Mersea. Credit: Environment Agency

A company that runs a pig farm in Essex has been fined £15,000 after effluent twice polluted a ditch which drains into the Colne Estuary.

The Environment Agency said AM Gray & Co Limited caused water pollution on two occasions after pig slurry from their Bocking Hall Pig Farm, in West Mersea, got into a tributary of the Pyefleet Channel earlier in 2013.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges of causing polluting pig slurry to enter the tributary at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court. They also pleaded guilty to failing to notify the Environment Agency of the first incident.