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Pipe leak causes major oil spillage into Welsh river

10 October 2016

Between 70,000 and 100,000 litres of kerosene are thought to have been spilled into the Nant Piwbr river near Nantycaws in Carmarthenshire, Wales, after a leak from a pipeline owned by Valero, which carries aviation fuel from the company’s refinery in Pembroke to the Midlands in England. Natural Resources Wales is working with Valero to clear the oil and find out the cause and full extent of the spillage.

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Contractors have been on site as part of a six-week programme to repair damage to the pipeline, according to Wales Online. At least 60,000 litres of oil have already been cleared from the river and there will be work to remove rest of the kerosene over the coming days.

Welsh Water has confirmed there is no impact on drinking water supplies but local fishermen have been pulling dead fish from the river.

A spokesperson from Valero said: “We would again like to apologise to all local residents for the inconvenience this incident may have caused and to reassure them that we are working hard to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.”

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