Fife Council statement - oil at Limekilns and Charlestown 22 February

date22 February 2019

As published on Fife Council's website

2:30pm

Fife Council continues to co-ordinate the hard work being undertaken to clean-up the Fife coastline at Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil-based spill. The clean-up plan of action is being successfully implemented, with the most contaminated areas being remedied first.

A specialist firm is in the process of removing and disposing of approximately 500 tonnes of contaminated material – mainly sand and seaweed - from the area. Further processes to remove the remaining oil from the sand will be ongoing.

The affected beaches and car park will remain closed to the public over the weekend, and until further notice. This is to ensure public safety and to protect the environment.

We thank residents and visitors for their patience as the clean-up work continues.

The Fife Coastal Path is being diverted, at the affected area, along adjacent streets. Walkers can pick up the main path again once beyond the affected area.

Thankfully, there has been minimum impact on birds and wildlife.

Sample testing by SEPA is still underway, and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.