POLLUTION FEARS FOR COMBER RIVER

AN investigation has been launched into pollution in Comber’s Enler River last week.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) says a ‘suspected discharge point has been identified’ after what is believed to have been red diesel was found in the river last week.

A number of residents took to social media on Tuesday to say that part of the river behind the Comber Leisure Centre had a strong smell of diesel and that they could see what they thought was red diesel.

The Rivers Agency was contacted and testing is underway to determine what the spill is.

Councillor Rachel Ashe said she is concerned about reports of pollution in Comber river and the detrimental impact it could have on wildlife, habitats, and residents.

“I hope that the water will be tested to conclude whether pollution has indeed entered Comber river,” she said.

“If proven to be the case, I hope that a clean-up operation will occur quickly and that those responsible will be held to account.”

A spokesamn for the Department for Agriculture, the Environment and Rural Affairs, said the NIEA was notified on January that an oil based substance had been observed in the river and a water quality inspector was asked to investigate,

A suspected discharge point has been identified, however the incident remains under investigation,” said the spokesman.

“Suspected water pollution can be reported via the incident hotline on 0800 807060 or via the emergency pollution email address emergency-pollution@daera-ni.gov.uk.”