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Palm oil incident affecting Wyre beaches

wyre council Published Monday, 06 November 2017

Following our investigation into the substance that washed up on Wyre beaches last weekend, we are now confident that the substance is palm oil.

The lab results show that the substance has the appearance and characteristics of ‘highly rancid palm oil.’ The strong smell of the oil can attract dogs to sniff or eat it, however it is highly toxic to dogs so owners must keep dogs on a lead at all times when on the beach.

We are working closely with our partners at Blackpool Council and Fylde Council to monitor the incident, as well as taking advice from the Environment Agency on the best course of action to dispose of the palm oil.

We are continuing our efforts to clear the beaches between Knott End, Fleetwood and Cleveleys.

So far, our teams have collected just over a tonne (1200 KG) of the substance.

Our rangers and cleaning teams are patrolling the beaches to monitor the situation and provide updates regularly.

The beaches remain open, however we advise to keep children supervised and to avoid all contact with palm oil on the beach and in the water due to potential health risks.

If you spot the substance, please report it by calling 01253 891000 Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, alternatively if you are calling outside normal office hours (after 5pm on weekdays and all weekend) you should call 01253 895116.

Please also inform us of the date/time the substance was seen, location, estimated size, estimated quantity and colour of the deposit.

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