£12,000 oil pollution fine

The National Grid Company was fined £12,000 after polluting the river Lee with diesel oil. Hertford magistrates heard the oil escaped from a bund after a pump supplying a generator failed to switch off. The fuel overflowed from a header tank into the bund, but the bund proved not to be water tight. The oil flowed through the bund wall and through cable ducts, reaching surface water drains and entering the river. The company was fined and ordered to pay costs of £1,000 on 29 September.

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