Oil waste leak made ‘safe’

ENVIRONMENTAL watchdogs have insisted effluent from a BP oil terminal has finally stopped leaking into the Firth of Forth.

Work is still going on to repair the leak from a pipeline linking the Hound Point terminal, off Queensferry, and a tank farm. But the Scottish Environment Protection Agency said bunds and booms have been set up to contain the leak, which is now slowed up to the extent that “no further water is entering the Forth”.

Sepa say tests are being carried out on samples of the effluent water, which it has admitted may contain oil or cleaning fluids.

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A major pollution alert was triggered on Monday lunchtime after a passer-by noticed brightly coloured water leaking on to the foreshore.