Investigation begins into large oil spill in Myall Creek

3rd December 2017 1:36 PM
OIL SPILL: Myall Creek has suffered an oil spill in Dalby. OIL SPILL: Myall Creek has suffered an oil spill in Dalby. Michael Doyle

A MASSIVE clean up in Myall Creek is under way after and "large” oil spill in Dalby.

The oil spill which was first noticed on Friday is feared to damage the environment around the creek, particular between the Jacko Cavanagh Bridge and the Edward St Weir, where there is a heavy sludge.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service, Cleanaway Waste Management, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and council workers were all at the creek today to assess the damage and begin the clean up.

A fire hose filled with air has been placed at the Jacko Cavanagh bridge, to try and contain the oil.

Thus far, the oil spill has not gone further than the Edward St Weir, and it is not considered to be a threat to the Condamine River.

A statement from the QFES stated the oil spill was large and a smell would be noticeable for residents.

"Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is currently on scene at a large oil spill at Myall Creek. A heavy oil sludge is affecting water from the Patrick Street Bridge to the Myall Creek weir. Multiple agencies are currently on-site working to contain and clean the oil spill. A strong odour will be noticeable at the creek and in surrounding areas. Residents are asked to avoid the area, and not enter the water at this time.”

QFES Spokesperson.

OIL SPILL: This fire hose filled with air is containing the oil from travelling throughout the creek.
OIL SPILL: This fire hose filled with air is containing the oil from travelling throughout the creek. Michael Doyle

Western Downs Regional Council mayor Paul McVeigh, said council were investigating the situation, but have not found the source of the problem.

"We were alerted to it Friday morning, we have been in action since then,” Cr McVeigh said.

"We have three vacuum pumps, which has been sucking the oil from the top of the water.

"We have been investigating trying to find the sources. Through a process of elimination we have not yet been able to determine how this has happened.

"Council would be appreciative to anyone who may have information which could help us identify the cause of the problem.”

Myall Creek stretches from the Condamine River roughly 20km south-west of Dalby to near Mowbullan in the Bunya Mountains roughly 60 km north-east.