Wales

Valero Milford Haven oil spill: Seabed to be assessed

Workers on salt marshes in Sandy Haven
Image caption Workers were sent to the salt marshes in Sandy Haven to lay a boom to protect the coastline

The scale of pollution caused by an oil spill on the Welsh coast is still being evaluated in order to protect "sensitive seabed habitats".

Between 7,000 to 10,000 litres of oil leaked from a fuel line into the Milford Haven estuary on 3 January.

While the loss of oil was limited and very little oil reached land, booms will remain in place to protect salt marshes and habitats in the estuary.

The Welsh Government said the slick was no longer visible.

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Image caption The Valero jetty, where the spill took place, is on the south side of the Milford Haven estuary

Natural Resources Wales has also issued an enforcement notice to Valero, which operates the refinery in Pembrokeshire, to stop the use of the two fuel pipelines on the jetty.

A statement by Environment Secretary Leslie Griffiths said surveys were under way and the clean-up would continue as required.

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