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Oil spill at Pernaco in Dorset

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Meenal Datar

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On Sunday 26 March a major incident was declared after an oil leak was found from an onshore field in Dorset, UK.

The leak had come from the Wytch Farm facility in the Purbecks, one of the largest onshore oilfields in Europe, owned by independent oil and gas company, Pernaco.

A incident management team was activated immediately and the leak was contained. However, oil had already contaminated water and the surrounding area.

Pernaco and local authorities are working together to determine what action needs to be taken.

People have been advised not to swim in Poole Harbour. If anyone has come into contact with the spill. they are advised to wash affected areas immediately with soap and water.

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