Oil Leakage

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd February 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research she has sponsored into the effects of oil leakage on land on (a) sources of drinking water, (b) soil conditions and (c) welfare of wildlife.

Photo of Elliot Morley Elliot Morley Minister of State (Environment and Agri-Environment), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has not sponsored any research directly in these areas. However, the Environment Agency, a Defra-sponsored non-departmental public body, has undertaken a number of research projects that have considered the impact and attenuation of oil spills on soil and groundwater. In particular:

The Natural Attenuation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Chlorinated Solvents in Groundwater, report P 305 dated 1999

Guidance on the assessment and monitoring of natural attenuation of contaminants in groundwater, report number 95, dated 2000.

These reports are available from the Environment Agency via the following internet links:

http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/pdf/SPRP2–134– 01-e-p.pdf

http://publications.environment-agency.gov.uk/pdf/SR-DPUB95 -e-e.pdf

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