North Sea oil and gas industry’s microplastic dumping exposed

Oil platforms in the North Sea discharged some 102 tonnes of microplastics into the North Sea in 2-2016, according to industry association at the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association.

Oil platforms in the North Sea discharged some 102 tonnes of microplastics into the North Sea in 2-2016, according to industry association at the European Oilfield Speciality Chemicals Association.

The tiny plastic particles have a number of applications offshore, being constituents of demulsifiers and corrosion inhibitors. Such uses are still permitted in the UK, after a ban on the sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing them entered force in July.

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