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Surge in Norwegian oil industry pollution

Acute pollution caused by Norway's offshore oil and gas industry last year was the highest since records began in 1997, the national coastal administration (Kystverket) reported on Monday. The volume of discharges and emissions totalled 1,788 cubic metres, up 244 % since 2002. Of 196 recorded incidents, just over a fifth were attributed to faulty or malfunctioning valves; all were "mainly the result of human error". Under a Norwegian government target, the industry is supposed to achieve zero discharges of eco-toxic substances by 2005 (EED 26/09/02). See Kystverket.

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