Analysis

UK faces another rough ride over North Sea clean-up

Greenpeace activists who boarded the Brent Spar oil platform in May deftly put the Government on the defensive in the run-up to the fourth North Sea Conference. The UK made major concessions at the last conference in 1990, and has met some - but not all - of its targets for reducing inputs of hazardous substances. But other states which are keen to push the agenda onward can be expected to portray the UK as an obstacle at the June meeting.

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