Diesel spill source likely discovered

Diesel boom on in the upper Harbour by Portsmouth Drive last month. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Diesel boom on in the upper Harbour by Portsmouth Drive last month. Photo: Peter McIntosh
The source responsible for up to 600 litres of diesel spilling into the Otago Harbour from a South Dunedin stormwater drain has "likely" been identified, the Otago Regional Council says.

It started investigating after the spill, near Portsmouth Dr, about three weeks ago.

Compliance manager Tami Sargeant said it could not confirm the source until the investigation and possible enforcement were resolved.

"We believe we have identified the likely source of the diesel spill.

"Our investigation is continuing and we cannot comment further,"she said.

Council was continuing to inspect the boom daily — which was in place in the Andersons Bay inlet to soak up the diesel and help stop it from spreading further into the harbour — and were replacing it as needed.

The amount of diesel discharging into the harbour had reduced, but was continuing, she said.



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