Shetland oil disaster prompts review of dispersant spraying

The Government is to review its policy for testing and spraying dispersants on marine oil spills following the tanker disaster off the Shetlands in January.1

Dispersant spraying has had pride of place in the UK's official marine oil spill contingency arrangements for many years. Not for the first time, its limitations were exposed following the destruction of the oil tanker MV Braer off the Shetlands, when severe weather conditions made aerial spraying difficult.

Indeed, the operation was criticised as a cosmetic exercise, and environmentalists claimed that it caused health risks when the disp

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