Fuel spill leaks into river

A BP fuel spill from a recent truck accident in which a Grafton truck driver died, has not been sufficiently cleaned up and is now leaking into the Northern Rivers river system after recent rain.

An investigation into the clean up, that followed the accident, has shown a creek with an oily substance on the surface and a strong toxic odour is flowing into a tributary to the Wilson River almost two weeks after the 15,000 litre spill.

The accident occurred on June 15 on the Bruxner Highway, 7km south of Lismore, when a truck slid off the road, rolling down an embankment onto private property, spilling the thousands of litres of fuel on its way.

Ann Love was the first to call triple-0 when she heard the truck crash and roll onto her South Gundurimba property.

Despite efforts by Reliance Petroleum – a BP subsidiary – to clean up the fuel spill, Mrs Love and her husband Graeme, have watched recent rain wash contaminated soil left by Reliance Petroleum into a creek, through their property and into the nearby Pelican Creek.

Mrs Love believes this week’s rain fall has flowed contaminants through the river system.

“There were all sorts of things that weren’t adding up,” Mrs Love said.

The RTA, the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change and Lismore City Council were also involved in the clean up process.

But Mrs and Mr Love are dissatisfied with the clean-up job which finished on Tuesday , as they look at contaminated soil dumped on a nearby embankment that has seeped into the creek.



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