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Approximately 14 000 liters of diesel (as at 19 August) were pumped from the river into the Spilltech tanker
Approximately 14 000 liters of diesel (as at 19 August) were pumped from the river into the Spilltech tanker

The diesel can be seen floating on top of the water within the containment area.
Some of the Spilltech clean-up crew members hard at work.
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Meiringspoort Diesel Spill Clean-Up Operations

As at site inspection dated on the 19th of August the Spilltech clean-up team has successfully pumped approximately 14 000 litres of diesel from the contaminated area of the Groot River.

The diesel was still contained within the containment area and none has passed through to the lower river area.

Contaminated soil is being carefully removed and placed into special leak proof bags in order to prevent any diesel leaching from the bags at the clean-up site.

The concerns are however high that flooding may occur due to heavy rains which might flood the diesel past the containment booms lower down. The clean-up team has therefore made it their priority to work as fast as possible to reduce the diesel volumes in the river before such an event may occur.

Farmers within the area have been warned of the spill and are keeping their cattle away from the area. No wildlife deaths have been witnessed so far. The fish within the river is however struggling with the number of deaths standing on 5 at site visit. The clean-up crew as well as Cape Nature has been implementing a catch, rehabilitation and release programme where all fish found alive is caught, cleaned and released lower in the river. No macro-invertebrate deaths have been witnessed so far.

- Eden District Municipalty


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