In relation to a ‘fish kill’ incident on the Trent and Mersey Canal near the Meaford Power Station in Stone, MP for Stone, Bill Cash said:
“I am informed by the Environment Agency that the investigation into the cause of this incident is ongoing. They are also assessing the environmental impacts and their early estimates indicate that over 100 fish have died and approximately 300 metres of the canal has been affected.
“The Environment Agency have told me that to help increase the oxygen levels in the canal and save as many fish as possible, they have deployed their oxyjet unit to pump more oxygen into the water.
“Today, the Agency are hoping to improve oxygen levels in the canal above the locks north of Stone Town Centre.
“I welcome the efforts of the Canal and Rivers Trust who have also carried out fish rescues to remove fish from the affected area.
“In the meantime, I suggest that if any of those involved in organising Stone Festival taking place this weekend and any of my constituents who have been affected by the incident to get in touch with me, so that I may so that I can take those matters up with the Environment Agency.
“I have also been in contact with both the Environment Agency and Stafford Borough Council to look into whether there has been any industrial pollution.”