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95tn of Oil Spilled in North Sea

04 October 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lee Revis

An oil rig 46 miles off the coast of Shetland, the BP Clair platform, has spilled over 95 tonnes of oil into the North Sea.

The platform, above, sits on the Clair field which has an estimated eight billion barrels of oil and the field is projected to produce a peak of 100,000 barrels per day. The 95 tonne leak represents just under 700 barrels and is said to be spreading north away from land. BP, working with Oil Spill Response Limited and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy believe the most appropriate course of action, at this time, is to allow the oil to disperse naturally.

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