Offshore operators reduce oil discharges

The quantity of oil discharged and spilled from offshore oil and gas operations around the UK declined by almost 30% in 1992. The UK sector remains the dominant source of oil discharges from offshore activities in the North Sea, but total oil releases have now fallen to less than half their peak value in 1988, and are set to decline further.

The data on oil discharges are presented in the Department of Trade and Industry's annual "Brown Book" on the UK's oil and gas resources.1The UK has been by far the largest contributor to oil discharges from offshore oil and gas exploration and production activities in the North Sea since the 1970s. In 1990, it accounted for 86% of the 19,000 tonnes of oil which entered the North Sea from these sources. The UK's lead is not due whol

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