Here's the latest on the oil spill off Ainsdale yesterday - thanks to the Liverpool Echo newsdesk, and reporter Luke Traynor for supplying me with the copy.
By the looks of things, the incident doesn't appear too serious (if you can say that about any oil spill).
If anyone hears anything different, let me know....over to Luke:
by Luke Traynor
A 900- METRE-LONG oil spill has spread over the waters of Liverpool Bay, off the coast of Ainsdale.
The condensate release was estimated to reach the beach by around 9pm last night following the release near Billiton Petroleum's Lennox platform, eight miles offshore from Southport.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the substance was likely to vapourise and disperse naturally before reaching the shore.
They stressed that the spill, which happened at noon yesterday, posed no threat to bird or sealife.
The standby vessel 'Vos Inspirer' is monitoring the light liquid based substance which has diesel like characteristics.
BHP Billiton Petroleum mobilised their incident response team and emergency squads at local councils were alerted.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...