Coastal Contamination in Blackpool


Posted on Wednesday 16th February 2022

Due to tidal conditions and a forecast of extreme weather conditions over the next few days, there is a possibility of more washing up.
 
Blackpool Council and its partner agencies have robust plans in place to ensure any contamination or disruption to our coastline is minimal. We are actively supporting ENI UK Limited’s clean-up teams to safely remove any potential contamination. This process has already started on site.
 
We would like to stress that removal of this waste should only be carried out by experts wearing PPE and we ask that members of the public do not attempt to remove any “tar ball” deposits. Instead, please call 01253 477600 to report any suspected incidents.
 
We encourage all our visitors to read our FAQs below so you know what to look out for.
 

What was the incident?

Eni UK Ltd confirms that a release of less than 500 barrels occurred on Monday 14 February from its pipeline between the Conwy and Douglas Installations, approximately 33 km from the North Wales coast The Conwy to Douglas line was shut immediately and remains off.

What do tar balls look like?

Tar balls are dark coloured, coin sized pieces made up of a mixture of hydrocarbons. We ask that you do not approach any tar ball deposits, instead, please call 01253  477600 to report any suspected incidents.

What do tar balls look like?

Tar balls are dark coloured, coin sized pieces made up of a mixture of hydrocarbons. We ask that you do not approach any tar ball deposits – instead, please call 01253  477600 to report any suspected incidents.

What should I do if I come across any washed up oil/tar balls?

We would like to stress that removal of this waste should only be carried out by experts wearing PPE and we ask that members of the public do not attempt to remove any “tar ball” deposits. Instead, please call 01253-477600 to report any suspected incidents.

Will the beach be closed?

We would urge people avoid stretches of beaches over the next few days when our beaches will mostly be chained off due to high tides and storm force winds.

Can I walk my dog on the beach?

As a precaution, we would ask people not to walk their dogs on the beach at this time. Blackpool has numerous dog-friendly parks that can be used as an alternative, for example Stanley Park.

 

 

 

 


Posted on Wednesday 16th February 2022

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