Mobil's three oil pollution offences

Mobil Oil has been fined £40,000 for three oil spills at its Coryton refinery in Essex. The incidents in October and November last year also cost the firm £140,000 to clean up.

The first spill occurred while oily ballast water was being transferred from a ship into oil separators on shore. Due to a combination of a leaking pipe and the failure of an automatic valve in a separator, 600 gallons of crude oil were discharged into the Thames estuary. The oil affected three-quarters of a mile of Holehaven Creek, oiled 70 birds and caused a large fish kill.

About 1,000 gallons of light crude were spilled four weeks lat

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