Fife Council statement - oil at Limekilns and Charlestown

date20 February 2019

As published on Fife Council's website

11.00 am

Progress is being made to clear contaminated seaweed and clean up the coastline around Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil based spill in the area. Fife Council is working with partners including SEPA, Scottish National Heritage, NHS Fife, Marine Scotland, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and their Specialist Contractor Briggs Marine to deal with the situation.

Samples are currently being tested by SEPA and investigations into the source of the pollution are ongoing.

The affected areas remain closed to the public.


3.30 pm

Work is continuing to clean up the Fife coastline at Limekilns and Charlestown following an oil based spill in the area. It’s estimated around 250 tonnes of contaminated material is being removed from the area and will be disposed of by a specialist firm. Fortunately initial surveys indicate that there has been minimum impact on birds and wildlife.

Local residents are being asked for their patience as clean-up work will continue into the night tonight to take advantage of low tides.

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

The affected areas remain closed to the public.