Fish dead as canal polluted

Thousands of fish were feared dead today after a suspected pollution leak into the canal network in Wolverhampton.

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Thousands of fish were feared dead today after a suspected pollution leak into the canal network in Wolverhampton.

The alarm was raised after an orange-brown colour was spotted spreading through the water at Oxley Marina.

Soon after, dead fish were seen floating in the water, near the junction with the Shropshire Union and Staffordshire & Worcestershire canals. It is suspected that the pollution may have originated at the Severn Trent Water-owned Barnhurst Sewage Treatment Works.

An investigation into the source is ongoing.

In April 2009 about 50,000 fish were killed along a 30-mile stretch of the canal when ammonia leaked from the works into the water.

Severn Trent Water spokeswoman Sarah-Jayne O'Kane said: "We have informed the Environment Agency and have been investigating possible causes of this discharge."

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