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'Significant' amount of oil recovered in Nantycaws leak

A 'significant' amount of the Kerosene oil which escaped from the damaged pipeline at the A48 in Nantycaws, Carmarthen, has been recovered, according to Carmarthenshire County Council.

Valero, the company responsible for the pipeline works has confirmed approximately 120,000 litres of the estimated 140,000 litres of oil lost has been recovered to date.

Tests confirm no public water drinking supplies have been affected, according to Carmarthenshire County Council. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Tests confirm no public water drinking supplies have been affected; and air quality monitoring has shown very low concentrations of Kerosene, below what would pose a significant risk to public health.

Further tests are ongoing and officers from both Public Health Wales and the council’s environmental health and licensing service are continuing to advise and reassure residents.

People are still being advised to keep pets and livestock away from the water where oil is visible.

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

This incident has had a major effect on the environment and the local community and we are doing all we can to help manage the recovery operation and reassure residents.

The council’s Director of Environment is now chairing the multi-agency group set up to co-ordinate the recovery from this incident.

Although now in the recovery stage, works to monitor the effects of the spill will continue for many months to come.

– Cllr Jim Jones, Carmarthenshire County Council

The results of outdoor and indoor air monitoring provide reassurance that concentrations of kerosene and other petroleum hydrocarbons are very low and below those that would pose a significant risk to health. Test results show that public drinking water supplies have not been affected; those with private drinking water supplies in the area have been visited and provided with advice.

Public exposure to kerosene is now very unlikely.

However, as a precaution‎ the public are advised to avoid contact with any substance that looks or smells like fuel oil.

– Huw Brunt, Public Health Wales

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Carmarthenshire oil spill: Cleanup work will continue over the weekend

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales say work will continue to clean up a kerosene spill in Nant y Caws, Carmarthenshire.

The leak was caused by a damaged pipe.

A spokesperson said 60,000 litres of the oil had been recovered from the Nant Piwbr, with more still to go.

Our staff will continue to monitor the site over the weekend as part of our work to investigate the environmental impact of the incident.

We’ll also continue to respond to queries from local residents and talk to local farmers and angling clubs.

– Aneurin Cox, Natural Resources Wales

Drinking water supplies are unaffected, the spokesperson added.

If you see any dead fish or distressed wildlife, you can contact Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000.

Damaged kerosene pipe poses no danger to public, police say

A kerosene pipe has been damaged on the A48 Eastbound carriageway in Carmarthen.

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Dyfed Powys Police say that some kerosene has escaped from the pipe, but it has now been secured and there is no danger to the public.

People nearby may smell the escaped gas.

Residents living in a 300 metre radius of the incident have been advised to keep their windows and doors closed.

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Three children and an adult hospitalised after train derailment

An adult and three children have been taken to hospital following the derailment of a small train at the Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire.

Emergency crews were at the scene earlier this afternoon. Credit: Karen Worgan

Emergency crews were called to the incident at around half 12 this afternoon. Four other children and nine adults were treated at the scene.

We were called at about 12.30pm to reports that a small train had derailed at Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire. Three emergency ambulances, two rapid response vehicles and members of the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service attended the scene. An adult and three children were transported to Glangwili General Hospital with injuries which are not believed to be serious. Four further adults and nine children were treated at the scene for minor injuries, but did not require hospital treatment.

– Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson

Meanwhile Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed investigations are on-going following the incident.

Dyfed-Powys Police are currently at the scene of an incident at Pembrey Country Park. We received a report of a miniature railway derailing at approximately 12.30pm on Thursday, August 18. Five people have been conveyed to hospital for check-ups but there are no serious injuries. Health and Safety Executive will be attending to carry out an investigation.

– Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson

Train derails at Pembrey Country Park

Emergency services have been called to Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire following reports a train has derailed.

Credit: Karen Worgan
Credit: Karen Worgan
Credit: Karen Worgan

Crews responded to the incident at around half 12 this afternoon, with a number of vehicles in attendance.

We were called at about 12.30pm to reports that a small train had derailed at the Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire. Three emergency ambulances, four rapid response vehicles and members of the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service are currently in attendance at the scene.

– Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson
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