Drone photo shows North Pier spill

Pollution spill at Oban's North Pier Photo: Sean Rowan

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An aerial view of Obay Bay’s latest spill has been caught on camera by a drone.

Sean Rowan took this image on Friday September 10 from above the town’s North Pier.

There has been a series of spills that have polluted the town’s waters in the past year.

Mr Rowan, who posted his drone photograph on Facebook, said he had reported the last big spill but really felt like ‘it wasn’t taken seriously’.

Earlier this week the image had generated more than 200 reactions from people, including almost 50 comments, with many calling for better action from agencies to keep the bay clean.

A diesel spill in Oban Bay in March left water ‘pink and stinky’, and in April another spillage was also spotted and also reported to agencies for investigation.

An Argyll and Bute spokesperson said: ‘To date, we haven’t received a formal report about a spill in the bay on Friday. Our Harbour Master did see a social media post on Friday evening and by that time any spillage had dissipated. They made contact with CalMac and the Northern Lighthouse Board, as well skippers on local vessels and made further checks on Saturday morning.

‘We continue to work closely with our partners to resolve issues, if they arise, by implementing our Marine and Coastguard Agency-approved, oil spill contingency plans.’

A spokesperson for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said it was made aware of a potential pollution incident but information it received suggested the spill dispersed quickly.

There was no response from SEPA as to any progress being made over investigations into the two spills in the bay earlier this year.

Potential pollution incidents can be reported online at www.sepa.org.uk/report