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Warning signs for Cornwall beach after black oil discovery

11th January 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

Warning signs have been put up on a Cornwall beach to warn its visitors after black oil was found.

The discovery at Sennen Beach was made at the weekend by a member of the public who reported it to Falmouth Coastguard, the BBC reports.

After a team was sent to investigate, Cornwall Council said the oil, of which there was a "wheelbarrow full", had been cleaned up.

The Environment Agency and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were told about the oil, which was dotted along the beach at the high water mark.

However, the beach was not closed because the volume of oil was not believed to be serious. But a spokesperson for the council told the BBC that if more oil was discovered, a further investigation would determine where it could have come from.

Recently, oil leaked into a stream in Gloucestershire after a storage container was damaged. The Environment Agency placed boom protection in the water to attempt to stop it travelling downstream, the BBC said.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800334102-ADNFCR


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