When vandals released several hundred gallons of heating oil over a Bank Holiday weekend it appeared that there could be a major pollution problem. By quickly installing bunds the pollution was prevented from reaching the main river and a vacuum tanker was used to remove the heaviest contamination from the surface. Absorption pads and secondary bunds were installed any where that was accessible along the flow of the oil thus reducing its travel. By monitoring and frequently changing the pads etc. we were able to both contain and remove the contamination without fuss over a period of time. With the worst gone we removed the contaminated vegetation in the river and used a soil remediation enzyme to treat both the soil and river bank. No oil reached the main river and no longterm harm was caused to the environment. The entire process was monitored and approved by the Environment Agency.