CONCERN about an oil slick on the River Torridge this morning (Friday) disappeared with the tide. Members of the public reported the slick in the vicinity of the old bridge at Bideford in calls to the environmental protection department at Torridge Distri

CONCERN about an oil slick on the River Torridge this morning (Friday) disappeared with the tide.Members of the public reported the slick in the vicinity of the old bridge at Bideford in calls to the environmental protection department at Torridge District Council.Contact was made with the Environment Agency and officers from the two authorities went to the scene to investigate.Council Environmental Protection Manager Dave Morgan said that from witness accounts it appeared that the slick has come in with the tide and then travelled back down the river when the tide turned shortly after 10am.Although the EA was unable to trace the source, the most likely explanation was believed to have been a small spill or discharge from a boat, with only a cup or two of diesel apparently capable of producing such a slick, said Mr Morgan. By early afternoon the slick had dissipated completely and there was not expected to be any significant harm. Fish in the vicinity were seen exhibiting normal "healthy" behaviour, he said.