Longstanding Fest Slapped with Big Fine for Literally Leaking Shit
Glastonbury festival is finding themselves in a bit of a shit storm... literally. The five-day festival which has been around since the 70s has been ordered to pay a £31,000 fine after human waste from the site polluted a nearby stream two years ago.
The court case ties back to an accident that happened at the 2014 event, when the steel tank used to store human sewage from festival-goers sprung a leak… Ew. The local Whitelake River was contaminated with 20,000 gallons of untreated sewage, which killed fish including protected brown trout and bullhead fish.
A rise in the ammonia levels caused sensors in the rivers to alert local Environmental Agencies, and District Judge Simon Cooper ultimately fined the festival a whopping £31,000 for pollution.
The judge found the festival had "low culpability" and acclaimed its response and systems following a two-day hearing.
"I am still slightly amused that it has been necessary to go to this level of detail. I am satisfied that there was proper planning for the festival and no criticism is made of that. There was a waste management plan, there was a rivers and streams management plan. I am impressed by how responsive Glastonbury Festivals Ltd have been." - Cooper
However, Cooper did say the festival could have acted quicker in communicating with the authorities about the incident and prevented a drawn-out case.
"I think it was a bit of a waste of time, to be honest with you. It wasn’t that serious a crime really. We did our very, very best when we found the leak – we really did all that we should have done within the timescale."
The fine sentenced to the festival took into account another episode in 2015 in which a contractor believed that tanks for the long drop toilets were linked, letting waste into the water-course.