Did you see oil fly-tipping in Middle Rasen?

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LARGE quantities of engine oil have been dumped in Middle Rasen.

Witnesses are being sought to the incident which took place in Green Lane on Friday March 23, when 4,000 litres of oil was flytipped.

The Environment Agency is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Environment officer Helen Woodall said: “Luckily, none of the oil has got into any watercourses, which would have had a greater environmental impact.

“However, we are keen to find out who has dumped the oil. It is likely that in all the instances the oil was transported in and dumped out of a tanker.

“We are urging anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area to contact us. We are also keen to hear from garages and other businesses who may have been approached by someone offering to collect and dispose of waste oil cheaply.”

The fly-tipped oil has now been cleaned up.

Chairman of the prosperous communities committee at West Lindsey District Council, Coun Malcolm Parish, said: “Apart from the harm this can do to our land, it can have a huge impact on our nature life.

“Fly-tipping is unsightly and spoils our local neighbourhoods and quality of life and can be very costly to clean up.

“ Fly-tipping can also undermine legitimate businesses as they could be undercut by illegal operators.”

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes it an offence to dump waste including used oil. Anyone found guilty of doing so can be fined up to £20,000.

Anyone with information should contact the Environment Agency’s on 0800 80 70 60.