FUEL which leaked into a Sheldon watercourse has cost a demolition company £7,500.
Last week at Birmingham Magistrates Court, Armac Demolition Ltd pleaded guilty to one charge of polluting Westley Brook which runs through Fox Hollies Park and Sheldon Country Park.
Charges had been brought by the Environment Agency after oil had been spotted in the water. The firm was handed a £2,500 fine and ordered to pay a further £5,000 in costs.
The substance was red diesel and it originated from a site controlled by Armac. It had entered the brook after the excavation of an underground oil tank. Failure to seal the exposed container and heavy rainfall led to the pollution. Matthew Ashworth, an Environment Agency officer, said: “Leaving the tank exposed during such extreme weather created the conditions for this unfortunate sequence of events.
“However, this could have been easily prevented had Armac Demolition performed the relatively simple task of sealing the tank.”
But Richard Dewsbury, acting for Armac, said that the company thought the diesel had already been dealt with. When they found out about the spillage the business took immediate action to remove all the liquid from the tank.
Previously the Bickenhill outfit had a good record in complying with environmental law.