10:00am Wednesday 11th April 2012
ANGLERS are reeling in the benefits from the closure of a gas-storage facility in Partington.
National Grid, which owns the liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility at Heath Farm Lane, Partington, has donated fish from the site’s pond to the Warrington Anglers’ Association, who will be releasing them into managed waterways.
The National Grid LNG site is in the early stages of demolshing 40-year-old landmark gas towers on the site.
The fish lived in a large pond, which was used to store emergency water in the event of a fire at the facility.
Over the years, the fish stocks have flourished and contain large quantities of Roach and other native British species.
The Environment Agency has carried out rigorous checks to ensure that all the fish species are suitable to be placed into their new habitats.
Simon Richardson, UK LNG storage manager for National Grid, said: “We are delighted the Warrington Anglers Association are taking on our fish stocks and putting them to good use by replenishing local waterways. It is good news for these local habitats and for keen fishermen in the area.
“When the decision was made for National Grid to decommission the Partington LNG facility, we were committed to finding our fish a new home.”
Frank Lythgoe, club secretary of the Warrington Anglers Association, said: “We are very grateful to National Grid for this thoughtful donation. These fish will enjoy a new lease of life and replenish the stocks of several waterways we currently manage, the Bridgewater Canal, which stretches from Leigh to Preston Brook, the Appleton Reservoir, Grey Mist Mere on the edge of Warrington, and the High Legh Fishery in Cheshire.”
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