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Swiss army accidentally pollutes protected lake with litres of oil

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Swiss army accidentally pollutes protected lake with litres of oil
Morgins lake. Photo: JJ Roland/Wikimedia Commons
12:35 CEST+02:00
The army accidentally poured 50 litres of oil into a protected Swiss lake on Tuesday when a military exercise went wrong.
The group of soldiers were carrying out an exercise linked to forest fires near Morgins lake in the Portes du Soleil region when the pump used to extract water from the lake had a technical problem and started leaking hydraulic fluid, according to Valais newspaper Le Nouvelliste
 
In total 50 litres of oil ended up in the lake, which is protected due to its status as a national amphibian breeding site. 
 
Firefighters and police were called to the scene to help with the clean up operation, which took four hours.
 
Speaking to the paper, an army spokesperson said: “There’s no problem for the environment because the oil stayed on the surface and could be removed. Everything went back to normal.”
 
According to the Swiss federal institute for forest, snow and landscape research, amphibians are one of the most threatened groups of animals in Switzerland, with 70 percent of species on the endangered list, so preserving their breeding sites is essential.

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