A boom and highly absorbent oleophilic pads have contained an oil spill on the Abbey River at its confluence with the Park Canal.Officials from Limerick City and County Council along with Inland Fisheries Ireland have been monitoring the situation since alerted to a possible oil spill on Tuesday 30 May .
The oil appears to be entering the Abbey River from a storm water outlet on Lock Quay.
This outlet is fed from ‘The Loggers’ storm water pumping station along the Park Canal.
This pumping station serves a wide area of North East Limerick including Corbally, Rhebogue, Singland, Ballysimon.
The discolouration of the water at the site of the boom and pads means they are working, while a strong smell of oil along the waterway suggests a high evaporation rate.
The water downstream in the Abbey and Shannon Rivers is also helping to break up and dissipate the oil.
Investigations are continuing.