Oil spill on Lee navigation February 2018

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Dear Environment Agency,

1) Regarding oil spills on inland waterways managed by the Canal and River Trust, what protocol does the EA have in place for co-operation with the CRT?

2) There was an oil spill on the Lee navigation near Tottenham in February 2018. When was EA first contacted about it?

3) What measures were taken to engage boaters living on the navigation, either through CRT or directly?

4) How many EA staff were appointed to deal with the spill?

5) Please release all recorded communications between the EA and the CRT regarding the Lee oil spill.

Yours faithfully,

Fanny Malinen

Enquiries, Unit, Environment Agency

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Dear Fanny,

 

Thank you for your email of 26 February 2018 regarding the oil pollution
on the Pymmes Brook and River Lee.

 

We respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and
Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

 

1)     Regarding oil spills on inland waterways managed by the Canal and
River Trust, what protocol does the EA have in place for co-operation with
the CRT?

 

We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Canal & River Trust
(CRT) concerning oil pollution. This lays out how we manage Category 1 and
Category 2 incidents and CRT will manage Category 3 and Category 4
incidents (this is not restricted to just oil pollution). CRT support our
response to Category 1 and 2 pollution incidents and provide us with local
contacts that match our area boundaries. Both organisations can then
develop local working arrangements to deal with pollution incidents
affecting CRT waterways in line with the MoU.

 

2)     There was an oil spill on the Lee navigation near Tottenham in
February 2018. When was EA first contacted about it?

 

We received the first report of oil pollution on the Pymmes Brook and
River Lea at 11:20am on 11 February. We received a second report at 11:25
and with the help of the reporter, were able to establish the nature of
the incident (a thick, black oil slick covering the full surface of the
river).

 

Within an hour of confirming the nature of the incident, we had sent out
officers and notified the Canal & River Trust (CRT). We notified the Swan
Sanctuary of the incident 43 minutes after the confirmed incident,
following a call from the public informing us of swans in distress.

 

Within 2 hours of receiving the first report of the incident, Environment
Officers had arrived on site and, after identifying the polluting outfall,
notified Thames Water. We also notified our Operations team to carry out
our initial response which included re-fixing a boom at the confluence of
the Pymmes Brook and the Lea. This was done to prevent the spread of oil
further down the watercourse and aid in the clear-up.

 

3)     What measures were taken to engage boaters living on the
navigation, either through CRT or directly?

 

As CRT hold a direct relationship with boaters all engagement was carried
out through them. The result of this helped with removing oil and debris
which had collected around moored boats as well as preventing boats
passing through our absorbent and containment booms.

 

4)     How many EA staff were appointed to deal with the spill?

 

At any single point we had 10 Environment Agency staff members working on
the response to the oil pollution. However, the total number of staff that
have helped throughout our response is much higher than this.

 

5)     Please release all recorded communications between the EA and the
CRT regarding the Lee oil spill.

 

All recorded communications between ourselves and CRT can be accessed via
this link [1]https://ea.sharefile.com/d-saae947c5e134... for one week.
Please note that information has been redacted due to public interest and
our ongoing investigation.

 

Please get in touch if you have any further queries or contact us within
two months if you would like us to review the information we have sent.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Jamie Thompson BSc (Hons)

Customers and Engagement Officer | Environmental Planning and Engagement
(EPE)

Environment Agency | Alchemy | Bessemer Road | Welwyn Garden City |
Hertfordshire | AL7 1HE

 

( 020 3025 1631

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From: Enquiries, Unit
Sent: 02 March 2018 13:39
To: 'Fanny Malinen' <[FOI #467520 email]>
Subject: RE: 180302/KS02 - Freedom of Information request - Oil spill on
Lee navigation February 2018

 

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Dear Jamie,

Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately in response to my question #5, the link doesn't work - it seems to have timed out already. Could you send me a new one?

Thanks a lot.

Best regards,

Fanny Malinen

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Good morning Fanny,

I apologise for the problem with the first link, please find the files using this new one https://ea.sharefile.com/d-s266353a80c34....

If you have any further issues please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Jamie Thompson BSc (Hons)
Customers and Engagement Officer | Environmental Planning and Engagement (EPE)
Environment Agency | Alchemy | Bessemer Road | Welwyn Garden City | Hertfordshire | AL7 1HE

020 3025 1631
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