Dead Birds Wash Up In Dorset; Environment Agency Does Nothing
Dozens of sea birds have washed up, sadly dead, on the beaches of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast (Southwest England) after being covered in oil. About half a dozen birds, including fulmars, gannets and guillemots, were discovered along Chesil Beach, near Portland.
The Environment Agency says it will not be investigating the incident but that most likely a ship’s engine dumped oil out at sea. It also said it believed the dead birds had been collected and it was likely that any remaining oil would quickly disperse.
A spokesman said ships were known to dump oil from time to time, but it was almost impossible to detect or punish perpetrators.