Cannington brook turns black after 500 tonne fertiliser spillage

This is The West Country: The brook at Ashford Farm in Cannington turns black after the fertiliser spillage The brook at Ashford Farm in Cannington turns black after the fertiliser spillage

CANNINGTON brook turned black today (April 2) after 500 tonnes of fertiliser spilled out from Cannington Enterprises onto the A39.

At approximately 6am this morning, a field storage tank holding the digestate (organic fertiliser) ruptured and allowed a significant portion of its load to spill out onto the road and into the brook.

Tankers and other equipment have been out all day attempting to contain the damage, building dams in the brook and starting the cleanup operation.

A sand bund was quickly put into place to arrest the flow onto the A39 and a sluice gate was closed to reduce the pollution of local open watercourses.

A spokesperson from Cannington Enterprises said: “Clean up operations started immediately and will continue until all traces of the digestate have been removed.

“The police were informed of the slippery conditions and employees of the company were proactive in slowing the traffic down to reduce the possibility of an accident.

“The rupture took place through the failure of a mechanical stirrer, which damaged the impermeable liner of the storage tank. This tank was in the process of being emptied for dismantling.”

The black brook travels through people's gardens who live near Cannington Enterprises.

Gary Harrison, commercial manager at Cannington enterprises, said: "I can assure people that it will be cleaned. We hope that we will have the majority away from the watercourse by tomorrow."

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6:23pm Wed 2 Apr 14

bdragon122 says...

Are they going to valet my car that now stinks of the **** stuff?
Are they going to valet my car that now stinks of the **** stuff? bdragon122
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1:26pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Only me 123! says...

bdragon122 wrote:
Are they going to valet my car that now stinks of the **** stuff?
No.xxx
[quote][p][bold]bdragon122[/bold] wrote: Are they going to valet my car that now stinks of the **** stuff?[/p][/quote]No.xxx Only me 123!
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8:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Alex@SDA says...

Valet a car indeed!

Surely considerations to fish, wildlife and other water-borne creatures is more important, and I trust the Environment Agency will be carrying a FULL investigation.

Finally why was there not a containment bund put around the tanks in the first place when erected? Not hurriedly construct a temporary sand bank when it is too late?
Valet a car indeed! Surely considerations to fish, wildlife and other water-borne creatures is more important, and I trust the Environment Agency will be carrying a FULL investigation. Finally why was there not a containment bund put around the tanks in the first place when erected? Not hurriedly construct a temporary sand bank when it is too late? Alex@SDA
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6:52pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Quantockwastewatch says...

Not the first spillage of highly polluting digestate by this company. They received a massive fine for an incident a year or so ago and the MD received a personal penalty. Is there any life left in Cannington Brook?What action will the Environment Agency and magistrates take this time?
The material described as "organic fertilizer" (presumably to make people feel more comfortable) is technically waste. It results from the digestion of food waste most of which comes from well outside Somerset.
Over 50 000 tonnes of digestate is carried away from the site by road throughout the area including through Bridgwater, mostly by tractor-hauled tankers. Let's hope they don't leak.
Not the first spillage of highly polluting digestate by this company. They received a massive fine for an incident a year or so ago and the MD received a personal penalty. Is there any life left in Cannington Brook?What action will the Environment Agency and magistrates take this time? The material described as "organic fertilizer" (presumably to make people feel more comfortable) is technically waste. It results from the digestion of food waste most of which comes from well outside Somerset. Over 50 000 tonnes of digestate is carried away from the site by road throughout the area including through Bridgwater, mostly by tractor-hauled tankers. Let's hope they don't leak. Quantockwastewatch
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3:14pm Sun 6 Apr 14

cghellier says...

Was at cannington brook yesterday and it was literred with dead trout all the way down to the tidal sluice, some of which were very large being well over a pound. The whole fish population of this small river that used to be teaming with fish that local kids used to catch, has been wiped out through the several miles which its course runs to sea. There were small carp upstream too which will also have been killed.
Was at cannington brook yesterday and it was literred with dead trout all the way down to the tidal sluice, some of which were very large being well over a pound. The whole fish population of this small river that used to be teaming with fish that local kids used to catch, has been wiped out through the several miles which its course runs to sea. There were small carp upstream too which will also have been killed. cghellier
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7:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Only me 123! says...

cghellier wrote:
Was at cannington brook yesterday and it was literred with dead trout all the way down to the tidal sluice, some of which were very large being well over a pound. The whole fish population of this small river that used to be teaming with fish that local kids used to catch, has been wiped out through the several miles which its course runs to sea. There were small carp upstream too which will also have been killed.
Perhaps it's time to build a Nuclear power station( or two) in the area, We've had them here since the early sixties with less damage to the environment than this so called ECO friendly fertiliser.
Strange to think that recycled ECO friendly organic fertiliser can cause such damage to our environment,
[quote][p][bold]cghellier[/bold] wrote: Was at cannington brook yesterday and it was literred with dead trout all the way down to the tidal sluice, some of which were very large being well over a pound. The whole fish population of this small river that used to be teaming with fish that local kids used to catch, has been wiped out through the several miles which its course runs to sea. There were small carp upstream too which will also have been killed.[/p][/quote]Perhaps it's time to build a Nuclear power station( or two) in the area, We've had them here since the early sixties with less damage to the environment than this so called ECO friendly fertiliser. Strange to think that recycled ECO friendly organic fertiliser can cause such damage to our environment, Only me 123!
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