This morning, polluting liquid was yet again pouring out from Crouchlands across their neighbour's farm and downstream over a kilometre. The Environment Agency has been in attendance since midday and have set up an 'Incident Command Unit' outside the entrance to Crouchlands Biogas (just like last june), with another EA van parked down the entrance track, as EA personnel try to ascertain what has happened.
The neighbouring farmer has commented, 'We now have to somehow find pasture for our cattle as they can't drink this! They will have to go on the grass earmarked for our sheep who are due to lamb in 3 weeks - then we won't have enough for food for them! Our feed bills will skyrocket. When will this end?'
The EA have made the following statement;
16th March update from the Environment Agency, regarding TODAY'S pollution;
We would like to thank the local community for their reports regarding the pollution in the Plaistow area, we have deployed officers to the area to asses impact to the environment.
The area incident room has been opened to facilitate our response, information from the local residents and our officers is being used to investigate the cause of pollution and to form steps to stop any further impact.
We will commit to update information by tomorrow lunchtime or sooner if we have any further details.
We ask that any further information be communicated to us using our incident hotline 0800 80 70 60.
Please feel free to share this update with the wider community.
With Crouchland having submitted a 240 page application for a substantially changed, new, bespoke Environmental Permit, it is hard to imagine them persuading the EA that they can run the site safely. Last week fire engines and an ambulance were seen entering the site - and rumour has it that a worker had a serious accident operating a tele-handler.