The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) has provided an update on an oil slick which appeared on the river at Ballymoney’s Riverside Park.

The oil appeared to be coming from the trim trail side of the area where several housing developments run alongside in close proximity to the river.

Several people had reported an oil type residue on the river surface and a heavy smell of ‘home heating oil’ in the air.

The NIEA have now provided the following update:

“NIEA received a report from a member of the public, via the Water Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60, of a pollution incident involving oil entering the river running through Riverside Park Ballymoney on 27/10/19 at 17:41.

“A Water Quality Inspector investigated the incident and NIEA have installed oil absorbent booms to remove as much of the oil as possible and minimise the environmental impact.

“The discharge point and storm drain that are carrying the oil has been identified and the investigation is ongoing. NIEA are currently on site and Northern Ireland Water staff are assisting with the investigation.

“NIEA have undertaken a leaflet drop to houses within the local area reminding owners to check their tank for leaks. NI Direct has a webpage which offers helpful advice to anyone who has experienced a spillage of oil at their home which can be found HERE.

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