1. ITV Report

Environment Agency officers may have found the source of the major oil spill which covered 13 km of the River Aire.

River Aire Photo: Calendar

Environment Agency officers have announced they may have found the source of the major oil spill which covered 13 km of the River Aire from bank to bank at the weekend, between Leeds and Castleford.

Businesses were yesterday asked to check their oil and fuel tanks in case a broken pipe or a leak had caused the problem. The serious pollution incident also meant that the company involved had lost thousands of pounds worth of oil.

“It’s too soon to be absolutely certain, but we have been working closely with the Police, and have found a very strong lead. We’re continuing to investigate and the company involved is co-operating fully. We believe around 5,000 gallons of oil has leaked into the Aire from their oil tank."

– Mark West - Environment Agency

It is a legal requirement to provide adequate storage for oil. This includes the need to provide protective bunds or barriers that can collect spills and leaks.

Experts have been working with the Canal and Rivers Trust and contractors to soak up as much of the oil as possible, using absorbent booms and pads.