Latest River Moy Oil Leakage Complaint

Reported in the Leaks and Drainage category anonymously at 17:50, Sun 24 June 2018
Sent to Mayo County Council 5 minutes later

Each of the egress points (3) of the tributary systems entering the River Moy at water level between both bridges of Emmet Street, Ballina has been leaking oil in the form of blotches. Viewing the oil leakage at the specified locations varies a lot on the egress points as 1 of 3 specified areas may be seen splotching at one time or maybe 2 of 3 another day. So it's very irregular and is also dependent on tides and rainfall accumulation etc however normally it's easily viewed at mid-low tide, though you should make your own assessments and judgements. All three egress points entering the River Moy has been seen leaking.

In light of this issue, it's possible to be related or re-occurring from the Kerosene leakage in Ballina reported at Bachelors Walk - Lower Bridge junction on March 4th, 2018 http://fixmystreet.ie/report/21988.

Works to maintain and absorb the oil leakage (kerosene) ran concurrently from March 5th once the issue was reported on 4th March involving a large scale thorough investigation by Mayo Co Co respectively and environmentalists of Mayo Co Co with assistance from Grainne Uaile and others then ceased on the 3rd May before May Bank Holiday. Though this issue may be related or re-occurring from the initial report which later identified a Kerosene leakage in the Ballina area that was already present in the drainage system for several weeks/months prior to reporting the complaint. As a result, contaminating other outlets of the drainage system (tributary system) connected to the River Moy.

Concerns are heavily focused towards the biodiversity inhabiting the waters of the River Moy. Recounting from my own personal experience I've viewed many bird species feeding in the polluted waters and to make matters worse, even transporting oil to other areas along the banks of the Moy (seen in many areas), in particular, the wide variety of ducks absorb and carry vast amounts of oil in their feathers and coats thus shake the substances off when grooming. The oil pollution has been an issue for several months now and may have long-lasting effects on the biodiversity and all associated species to the River Moy accounting for the long periods of exposure and may also lead to health risks associated via human consumption as the Moy is renowned for it's Salmon fishing. Therefore I would kindly urge Mayo Co Co to undertake an extensive report into the damages the pollution has had to date for means of accessing measures for remediation.

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