Oil spillage at Newbattle

Thursday April 11th 2019

Oil Spillage at Newbattle Water Works

One of the dumped oil tanks full of oil

Colin Beattie MSP and Councillor Colin Cassidy, last week, attended the Newbattle Storm Water Works after being alerted by a member of the public about a spillage of oil. On arrival at the site they were met with an oil spillage extending to the bottom of the track just off Newbattle road.

At the gates to the water works, both the MSP and Councillor were shocked to find a large amount of car parts, engine oil, tyres and documents had been dumped. The containers holding the engine oil have leaked badly and spilled across a wide area.

Police Scotland, SEPA and Scottish Water have all been alerted regarding this issue and both the MSP and the Councillor are pressing for a clean up to begin.

Speaking after attending the site, Colin Beattie MSP said:

“It is absolutely appalling that someone has decided to dump this rubbish and to apparently deliberately allow the oil spill to potentially enter the water system.

“I would like to thank the member of the public for alerting myself and Councillor Cassidy to the issue and I hope that the clean-up begins soon.”

Councillor Cassidy said:

“There are two 50 gallon oil tanks full of old oil and an array of household waste. I shall not rest until I find the culprit responsible. The oil is seeping out down the track which leads to the river Esk.

“For anyone in this day and age to do this to the environment and cause so much damage is beyond words. I thank all the authorities’ involved for their cooperation.”

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