Oil leakage/drainage pollutes River Moy

Reported in the Leaks and Drainage category anonymously at 17:43, Sun 4 March 2018
Sent to Mayo County Council 1 minute later

There's a over whelming smell of oil i.e. Unleaded Petrol or Diesel at the corner of Bachelors Walk and the Lower Bridge. On investigation of the smell, oil is clearly visible to be a consistent large flow coming from the "excess water drainage system" subsequently running into the river Moy at water level at the specified location.

Sighting can be seen by looking over the wall either on the Bachelors walk side or the Lower Bridge and towards the egress point i.e. "surface water runoff canal". Close inspection of the surface pollution locates the egress canal as it's origin. As a walk across the other side of the bridge i.e Emmet Street side. to inspect oil traces that may be flowing from else where, concludes there is no trace.

Issue is believed to be a problem for several weeks from personal experience, though on second and third sighting on the 3rd and 4th March 2018, realizing the issue is still persistent and with no signs of addressing or rectify the hazardous pollution exposed to the River Moy, I was obligated to report thus inform the issue via the local council office.

The underground drainage canal runs off Dillon Terrace direction. Adjesent to the Lower Bridge and in close proximity is "Shaw's Filling Station". In my opinion that's where the leakage is occurring from via the drainage output. Though the named filling station may already have a different name and it also may have zero reverence to this particular issue but should be noted.

This issue should be met with swift action by the respected authority's thus have severe consequences for the person/s responsible given the severity the River Moy's ecosystem has on Ballina including the habitats and biodiversity within it's waters. Also safe disposal of contaminated substances should be redressed by the opposing polluters at an appropriate location.

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  • Title: Revised version of report initially proposed to accompany original in quick succession.

    Oil leakage/drainage pollutes River Moy

    And details: There's a over whelming smell of oil expected to be Unleaded Petrol, Diesel or Kerosene. directly on the water side where Bachelors Walk meets the Lower Bridge junction. On closer investigation of the smell, oil is clearly visible to be a consistent large flow coming from the "excess water drainage system" subsequently running into the river Moy at water level at the specified location.

    Sighting can be seen by looking over the wall either on the Bachelors walk side or the Lower Bridge and towards the egress point i.e. "surface water runoff tributary canal". On closer inspection of the surface pollution locates the egress canal as it's origin. As a walk across the other side of the bridge i.e Emmet Street side. to inspect oil traces that may be flowing from else where, concludes there is no trace.

    Issue is believed to be a problem for several weeks from personal experience having smelled oil in various parts of Ballina now realized and suspected to be arising from the gully drainage points. On crossing the Lower Bridge the smell becomes unbearable and having noticed traces of oil entering the river Moy several weeks ago at the same location, I presumed it was due to a small amount accumulated spillage via a drainage gully somewhere that particular day. Though on second and third sighting on the 3rd and 4th March 2018, realizing the issue is still persistent and with no signs of addressing or rectifying the hazardous pollution exposed to the river Moy, I was obligated to report thus inform the issue via the local council office.

    The underground drainage canal runs off Dillon Terrace direction. Adjacent to the Lower Bridge and in close proximity is "Shaw's Filling Station". In my opinion that's where the leakage is occurring from via the drainage output. Though the named filling station may have zero reverence to this particular issue, it should be noted. The leakage could also have occurred further in-ward within Ballina's district subsequently causing sufficient contamination to several parts of the drainage surface runoff tributary system.

    This issue should be met with swift action by the respected authority's and have severe consequences for the person/s responsible given the severity of the oil pollution and effects that will ultimately have to Ballina's ecosystem including the habitats and biodiversity within it's waters and joining locality. Also accommodating for the prolonged lapse while the problem has been persistent and unaware to authority's prior to this notification a full remediation should be undertaken by specialists to access and undergo an in-dept analysis damage report. As-well for tidal differentials via en-route before river Moy meets the estuary to Atlantic Ocean the consequential oil exposure could have severe and lasting impacts to biodiversity and all associated species coming into contact with the oily substance that are essential for sustaining life to such environments and also can leave lasting effects via human consumption from it's waters not to mention likely health risks associated. Also safe disposal of contaminated substances should be redressed by the opposing polluters at an appropriate location if this incident was duly on purpose or if poor registered/non-registered works carried out was a factor in the leakage.

    Posted anonymously at 20:51, Fri 9 March 2018

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