UK oil and gas industries top North Sea discharge league

Oil discharges to the North Sea from offshore oil and gas operations and oil refineries continued on an improving trend at the end of the 1980s - but the UK's contribution was bigger than that of all other countries put together, according to a report by the Paris Commission.1

Both the Commission's report and a survey by CONCAWE, the industry's European environmental organisation,2 show that the long-term improving trend in refinery discharges was sustained at the end of the 1980s.

CONCAWE's report shows that oil discharges from western European refineries were cut by more than two-thirds between 1981-90 (see table ). The 95 plants which responded to its 1990 survey represent 80% of the region's re

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