A number of agencies and specialist council officers are taking part in a two day emergency planning exercise focusing on dealing with coastal oil pollution.
East Lothian has one of the most beautiful coastlines in Scotland and boasts a unique landscape hosting a huge amount of natural
history and historic sites.
East Lothian Council Chief Executive, Angela Leitch, explained: “Local residents and visitors alike praise the beauty and wildlife of the area and highlight it as one of the reasons why they choose to
live or holiday in the area on a regular basis. It is partly for these reasons that East Lothian Council takes oil pollution and the environment so seriously and as a result we have created our own oil pollution contingency plan. The continued maintenance and exercising of this plan is extremely important and this includes regular training. This course will assist us greatly in ensuring that we are prepared to deal with any occurrence of oil pollution affecting our shores and that we have the
correct resources required.”
The Firth of Forth waters are rich with marine wildlife. This includes grey seals and there have been sightings of bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, porpoises and whales including minke, pilot, fin, humpback and killer whales. The rich variety of seabirds found locally is world-renowned with puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, fulmars and kittiwakes returning to East Lothian to nest each year in spring.
The practical exercise on Wednesday, September 11, will include demonstrations of equipment used to contain oil spillages and the installation of booms employed to manage the movement of any oil.