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Valero ordered to shut down two pipelines following oil spill

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NATURAL RESOURCES WALES (NRW) has issued an enforcement notice to suspend the use of two fuel pipelines on the Valero Refinery jetty in Milford Haven.

The notice was issued after pollution incidents affected water, land and wildlife along the coast in December and the first week of January.

It means that the two pipelines believed to be behind the pollution are shut down until NRW is satisfied that they can be used without threatening the environment.

A multi-agency response including clean-up work continues on the affected section of coastline following the most recent oil spill.

Valero and its contractors are working on cleaning the coastline at Milford Haven while NRW, Pembrokeshire County Council and Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority monitor and advise.

Since the initial report of pollution, efforts have focused on minimising the impact of the oil on the area and its wide range of wildlife.

The affected sites have continued to be cleaned and the oil from the leak has been contained.

Andrea Winterton, Operations Manager from Natural Resources Wales said: “Protecting Wales’ waters is a huge part of our job and we have acted to make sure that the estuary and its wildlife is protected.

“A quick, multi-agency response to this incident has helped reduce the impact of the oil spill in the area.

“Beach surveys continue and as a precautionary measure booms remain in place to protect the salt marshes around Sandy Haven and the Gann Estuary.

“Valero has already implemented additional measures to minimise any further impact and is co-operating as our investigations continue.

“We ask people to remain vigilant, avoid any oil if they discover it, particularly if they have dogs, and contact the NRW incident hotline on 03000 65 3000 if they become aware of any pollution.”

A spokesman from Valero said: “Following an enforcement notice by NRW to suspend the use of two fuel oil lines at Pembroke Refinery, Valero continues to assist the multi-agency response on the Haven. Valero’s other pipelines and infrastructure remain unaffected and operational capacity remains unaltered.

“In co-operation with Milford Haven Port Authority, NRW and Pembrokeshire County Council, booms were deployed and remain in place to protect sensitive locations and specialist personnel have been deployed to beaches to minimise impact.

“We are continuing to work with agencies to monitor and protect the environment. Valero’s top priority remains the safety and the well-being of our employees, contractors and communities at all times.”

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Welsh Deputy Minister visits New Farm Shop

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Pictured : Julie Morgan AM

A new farm and produce shop on the Scolton Manor estate outside Haverfordwest has been visited by a Welsh Government Minister.

Julie Morgan AM – Deputy Minister for Health and Social Care – called at the shop to see the Welsh Government’s Intermediate Care Fund (ICF) in action.

The shop provides work experience, training and supported employment opportunities in retail and customer service for people with learning disabilities, disabilities and autism.

It is an addition to Pembrokeshire County Council’s existing supported employment offer through Norman Industries, the Authority’s sheltered employment factory in Snowdrop Lane, Haverfordwest.

The shop is the result of partnership working involving Workways+ and Experience for Industry – both funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government – Norman Industries and the management and staff at the Council-run Scolton Manor attraction.

The shop, which opened just a few weeks ago, will be supplying the public with fresh produce from the walled gardens at Scolton Manor, local meats, produce, tea and coffee.

It also provides a retail outlet for some of the arts, crafts and products made at Norman Industries.

Over the coming months the shop will also be supplying chutneys made by participants and employees at the supported employment café in Milford leisure centre ‘Caffi Man Cwrdd’.

The Deputy Minister was welcomed by County Councillor Tessa Hodgson, the Authority’s Cabinet Member for Social Services.

The farm shop has been partially resourced and staffed through some of the £400,000 ICF money allocated to expand supported employment opportunities regionally.

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Haverfordwest: Police promise extra patrols for GCSE results night

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THERE will be an increased police presence in Haverfordwest tonight, in response to an anticipated influx of young people who will be celebrating their GCSE results.

Parents are being asked to go over their child’s plan for the evening, before they head out. Sergeant Haydon Mathias is overseeing the operation.

He said: “It’s a big day for teenagers, and we understand they want to celebrate after all of their hard work.

“We’ll be there to make sure they do that safely, and without disrupting others.

“This is usually a busy night for us, and historically we have seen crime and anti-social behaviour rise. You’ll notice my team out and about from early this evening to stop that happening. They’ll be seizing alcohol from anyone they suspect is under the age of 18, and dealing with any other issues that arise.

“We’re asking parents to take the reins and discuss plans before your child goes out. Make sure you know where they’re celebrating, who they’re with, and how they’re getting home. It’s useful to make sure your child’s phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency.

“I encourage anyone with concerns to come and speak to an officer or Police Community Support Officer around the town, or contact Dyfed-Powys Police.”

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Llangwm Church Donation Box Stolen

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St Jerome’s Church: Second theft in a year!

 

A DONATION box has been stolen from a village church, the second theft from the historic building in a year.

The donation box at St Jerome’s Church, Llangwm, is believed to have been taken in the last few weeks.

The box is usually kept next to the Talking Tapestry of Langum, a project which tells the story of the village’s origin with the invasion of the Flemish in the 12th century and its later history.

Pamela Hunt of Heritage Llangwm said: “This theft is the second from St. Jerome’s in a year.

“If anyone has seen or knows anything, then please let the police know.

“If they feel unable to do that, but would like to contact us at St Jerome’s Church, then email info@heritagellangwm.org.uk

“We will treat your contact in the strictest confidence.”

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