Wakefield residents say not enough is being done about petrol pollution leaking into a local stream and continuously killing wildlife.
The latest pollution at Spring Mill stream and pond in Ossett has covered ducks in diesel and residents say it has killed the ducklings.
The area has been continuously polluted by diesel for some time. Last time, in early June, all the wildlife was wiped out by the ‘foul-smelling’ pollution.
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Those living nearby have been reporting the issue each time to the Environment Agency, but have become frustrated with the lack of action.
Paul Crook has lived in Ossett for 20 years and enjoys visiting the pond with his daughter.
“We feel let down by all the powers that be no one seems to care enough to finally get to the bottom of this. It has gone on for years!” He told Yorkshire Live.
The diesel pollution that killed the wildlife in late May
(Image: Sally Burke)
“It is emotional too, to see hurt and suffering happening before your very eyes. All of us have gone through bad times recently with the situation and walking down there was very small escapism.”
He added: “People genuinely were calling out desperately to local government officials with a wall of silence.”
Paul is one of many residents who has been upset about the pollution and reported it.
Last time the pond was polluted, residents said it had “such a bad petroleum stench, it stings one’s eyes”.
The polluted stream at Spring Mill
(Image: Andrew Daniel)
A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “An Environment Agency investigation into oil pollution is ongoing at Spring Mill stream in Ossett, Wakefield.
“Our officers have been regularly attending the site since it was first reported in May, to continue to assess any impact on local wildlife and investigate the source of the pollution.
“There have been repeated issues at Spring Mill and we are urging everyone with oil storage facilities in the area to check that oil is not leaking into the environment.
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“We will not hesitate to take tough action against any company or individual who causes significant pollution and damage to the environment.
“We would like to thank the people who reported the issue to us. Members of the public can report pollution incidents to our hotline 0800 80 70 60.”
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