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BBC News: BP’s Clair oil platform shut down after leak

BP has shut down one of its oil platforms, about 75km to the west of Shetland, because of a leak.

Oil was released into the water from the Clair platform on Sunday morning.

The size of the leak is unclear, and efforts are under way to ascertain whether it has caused damage to the environment.

BP said it was caused by a “technical issue” and an investigation into what happened was under way.

No-one was injured. It was not clear how long the platform would remain shut down.

A BP spokesman said: “The Clair platform, which is located 75km (46 miles) west of Shetland, has been shut down and the release has been stopped. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no injuries.

“We are investigating the cause of the technical issue and monitoring the situation. All relevant authorities have been informed.” Continue reading

The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry: Oil Pollution in the North Sea

Springer have recently published an ebook titled Oil Pollution in the North Sea (Editor: Angela Carpenter) as part of The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry series.

The book offers a review of measures taken at different levels to prevent oil inputs to the North Sea from sources such as shipping and oil installations. A range of data from satellites, remote sensing, aerial surveillance, in-situ monitoring, oil spill sampling and beached bird surveys presents a comprehensive portrait of trends in oil pollution over many years. To access the ebook please follow the link above.

SOTEAG’s resident seabird monitoring officer, Martin Huebeck was consulted and co-wrote a chapter within this volume: Beached Bird Surveys in the North Sea as an Instrument to Measure Levels of Chronic Oil Pollution.

The book will provide essential reference material on tools and techniques for monitoring oil pollution.