Spill sees 70,000 litres of diesel seep into river

A major diesel spill of 70,000 litres is polluting a river in west Wales.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) said a storage tank near Carmarthen leaked on to a field and into the Nant Pibwr on Saturday.

The same tributary of the River Tywi was hit by a kerosene spill in 2016.

“Distressed” fish were seen in the river as officials examine the extent of the impact, NRW said, and diversion ditches and a boom have been put in place to halt the spread of the diesel.

“We were made aware of oil pollution in the Nant Pibwr on Saturday and sent officers to investigate the incident,” said NRW manager Andrea Winterton.

“Officers and specialist contractors are in attendance and are implementing a mitigation plan that includes downstream boom placement and interceptor ditches.”

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