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Lack of Evidence Closes Seabird Contamination Investigation off Coast

Chesil Bank

7:17am 21st August 2013

An investigation to find out where oil contamination came from that killed thousands of seabirds off the Dorset coast, has come up empty.

The Maritime Coastguard Agency has been trying to find out who was responsible for dumping the PIB oil last April.

Up to 3 thousand birds were killed along the coast with hundreds washed up on Chesil beach and near Portland.

A lack of independent witnesses and solid evidence has brought the investigation to an end.

16 ships were questioned by MCA Officials.

Hundreds of contaminated birds survived thanks to the RSPB Rescue Centre at West Hatch. Manager Peter Venn is sad the case is now closed:

"It's disappointing but I don't think they've been able to establish if the oil was illegally discharged. The number of casualties involved suggests it's more than what's legally allowed to be discharged which is 100 litres. The amount of birds affected suggests otherwise."

Peter wants dumping oil to be illegal:

"It was suggested that the transportation of PIB is increasing, so we could see more instances in the future. I think the simple thing to do is to ensure that any discharge of PIB would be an illegal discharge, and the easiest way to do that is to get a re-classification".

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