Fish Legal Acts Over Acid Spill Fish Kill
Fish Legal begins legal action against Scottish Water for a massive fish kill on the River Devon
Source: Fish Legal
Fish legal has initiated legal proceedings against Scottish Water for negligently causing 12,000 litres of sulphuric acid to spill into the River Devon in Clackmannanshire, killing an estimated 30,000 fish.
Fish Legal is acting for its member fishing club the Devon Angling Association, whose high quality wild brown trout fishery downstream of the Glendevon Water Treatment plant was wiped out by the acid spill in 2011.
After investigating the incident, Fish Legal claims that Scottish Water's poor maintenance of acid storage tanks at its plant led to the escape of sulphuric acid. Furthermore, the infrastructure and procedures that should have contained or minimised the acid spill also failed, resulting in acid draining into the local reservoir and then into the River Devon.
SEPA (the Scottish Environment Protection Agency) estimated that the acid spill caused the death of over 30,000 fish including over 2,000 brown trout, with dead fish being observed up to 6km below Scottish Water's plant. The fish kill destroyed a significant part of the Devon Angling Association's fishery causing it significant financial loss estimated at over £25,000.
Robert Younger of Fish Legal said:
"Scottish Water pleaded guilty to a statutory offence of causing the pollution yet it has repeatedly refused to compensate the Devon Angling Association for the significant financial losses that the acid spill caused to the club’s River Devon trout fishery.
It is a shame that Scottish Water, a publicly-owned utility, has not taken responsibility for its actions. This has left us with no other option than to sue which we anticipate will generate further expense for the public utility than if it had agreed to settle the matter and compensate those affected."
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