Monday 19 April 2021
Rachel Woods MLA has praised volunteers who helped out following a pollution incident at Millisle Beach at the weekend.
The North Down Green Party MLA said: “It was heartening to see volunteers turn out to assist in the clean-up effort.
“The efforts and concern of the volunteers is testament to how much local people care about our natural environment and want to protect it.
“Diesel spills are extremely dangerous for marine and bird life. Spills can destroy the insulating ability of fur-bearing mammals, such as sea otters, and the water repellence of a bird's feathers.
“The impact on fish and shellfish can also be lethal when diesel is mixed into the water column.
“I’ve submitted a priority question to the Environment Minister to ask if an Environmental Impact Assessment will be completed following the diesel spill at Millisle Beach.
“I’ve also asked what enforcement action the Department intends to take in response to the spill.
“Finally, it’s important to point out that the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Pollution Team has responsibility for managing this incident. Any concerned residents can contact NIEA via [email protected] for information and updates.”