Oil and gas operations leaked over 23 tonnes of oil into UK seas in 2017

Offshore fossil fuel operations accidentally leaked more than 23 tonnes of oil and 256 tonnes of chemicals into the sea in 2017, according to data from trade body Oil and Gas UK

Oil rig in the North Sea. Photograph: Trond-Runar-SolevaagOffshore fossil fuel operations accidentally leaked more than 23 tonnes of oil and 256 tonnes of chemicals into the sea in 2017, according to data from trade body Oil and Gas UK.

The data was revealed in the organisation’s annual environmental report, which analyses data gathered and monitored by the Offshore Petroleum Regulation for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED), and covers emissions to air, sea, accidental oil and chemical releases and waste disposal.

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