Persistent River Moy Kerosene Leakage

Reported in the Leaks and Drainage category anonymously at 03:51, Mon 2 July 2018
Sent to Mayo County Council 4 minutes later

In reference to http://fixmystreet.ie/report/25211. There has been no effort to address this issue, nor the provisions in place to abate further oil leakages of kerosene entering the River Moy. The recent high temperatures followed with high tides have since exacerbated the situation consequently resulting from the stated "splotches" in the earlier complaint to the now persistent, consistent large flow during high levels, spanning over 3 meters in width from the inner wall containing the River Moy at Emmet Street, Ballina.

The earlier complaint addresses (3) egress points of the tributary system seen leaking splotches. The situation has now far exceeded those limits as oil can be seen from the top bridge at Tolan Street junction gradually increasing and accumulating a buildup of the oily substance to widths of over 3 meters of consistent large flow along the Emmet Street wall during high tides. It's become unclear determining where the oil leakages are coming as there are many other points along the wall also connected to the drainage system (tributary system). Though these occurrences can be very irregular, it's advised to break up viewings at the specified location to every half hour, preferably 15 minutes. Oil will definitely be present though there's a window to see the consistent large flow, it's agonisingly unsightly. (It also depends on tide level).

The oil has now turned a discolouration in the appearance of "blue and milky-white substance" as seen from road level viewpoint during low tide earlier today (1st July) and other previous occasions. Between both bridges respectively, rocks along with seaweeds have become awash in the discolouration leakage to form thick blubbery splotches, side by side of each other spanning over 3 meters from the inner wall. I've viewed many bird species on several occasions caught among the oily residue feeding areas at the specified location during low tides, rummaging through the seaweeds including tiny offspring of birds newly hatched as the breeding season has coincided with events.

This oil leakage has affected other parts of Ballina spreading to other outlets of the drainage tributary system that should be reviewed again. As the persistent oil leakage at Emmet Street is apparent to http://fixmystreet.ie/report/21988 reported on 5th March thus ceased indefinitely on the 3rd of May before May Bank Holiday. Though it's evidently clear that many areas in the investigation were omitted. I, as well as many other concerned people, would strongly, urge Mayo Co Co to open a new investigation with specialist environmentalists to focus eradicating the kerosene from the tributary drainage system and all associated outlets and assess a widespread investigation, not only specified to Emmet Street but surrounding areas of Ballina, accounting for the several months and unforeseen damages possibly affecting other systems. Finally, to Undertake an extensive report into damages the oil pollution has had to date for means of assessing measures for remediation and to inform the public of health risks and update reports on further ongoing works.

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