The Environment Protection Authority has launched an investigation into a Kurnell-based fuel spillage. If any laws are broken, it will take appropriate action.
It is the result of a residue pollution incident at Kurnell’s Ampol terminal (Caltex) on Thursday, 8 April.
On April 8, the EPA visited the site to investigate uncontrolled discharges oily water after a pump failed at a wastewater treatment facility.
It stated, “We understand that heavy rains and the failure at the fuel terminal pump caused these discharges.” These have been stopped. Properties and the local marine environment were affected.
The EPA works closely with other response and rehabilitation agencies, including the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and The Port Authority of NSW, Transport for NSW Maritime and Fire and Rescue NSW and Emergency Services and Department of Primary Industries Fisheries.
“Water samples are being taken in the area, both by AMPOL and independently, by us to gauge contamination level,” stated the EPA.
“We are investigating the incident. If there are any violations of the environmental protection legislation, we will consider regulatory action.”
Ampol stated that it was cleaning all affected areas, including the creek, Marton Park Wetlands, and the eastern end of Quibray Bay.
To assess the impact on the environment, an independent consultant was also engaged.
Ampol stated, “Following consultations with the civil works team from Sutherland Shire Council. The section of Captain Cook Drive that runs between Bridges Street & Torres Street will remain shut over the weekend.”
“We apologize to residents for any inconvenience caused. For immediate questions or concerns, please call our customer feedback team at 1800 24398.
Sarah-Jo Lobwein said her house on Tasman Street was submerged by the downpour. Her toilets and sinks were also bubbling after the incident.
“The fumes near the creek were very overwhelming. She described a severe headache.
According to the marine expert, local wildlife was also at high risk.
She stated that “there are still petrochemicals within the creek and so much of it has flowed into stormwater.” “Black petroleum was able to flow down the streets and much of it washed away into our environment by daylight. As a community, we are very angry.”
Other residents claimed that they were told by traffic controllers road blockages would remain in effect until Wednesday.
“We’ve been told not to cross the road, it’s been deemed unsafe and dangerous for motorists, but it’s still permissible for families with children to live here. One mother shared her joke on Facebook.
“We all have headaches, and feel queasy. I believe anyone with an affected area should be taken to a hotel.
Residents can call 1800 802 385 to report any property damage.
Sydney Water can be reached at 1300 143 734 if you have concerns about the possible contamination of water or wastewater pipes.
For information on wildlife that has been harmed by oil residue, call 1800 814 647