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Appleton reports oil spill in the Black River

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 4:55 PM

J. Wray & Nephew Limited said an incident at the factory on the Appleton Estate in St. Elizabeth resulted in the spillage of 30 gallons of oil into the Black River today.

The incident occurred this morning when a gearbox at the Appleton Factory developed a leak, which was detected via the company’s alarm system, the company said in a release.

It said the leak resulted from an internal gasket that failed and allowed the oil to empty into the cooling water flow.

J. Wray & Nephew said it has issued notices to its neighbours and to the National Environment and Planning Agency.

It said it has been testing the river water and taking corrective measures, including the deployment of a containment boom and of absorbent material to address the issue.