Norway upbeat on oil firms' emission target

Norway's offshore oil industry is "on its way" to achieving a government-set goal of zero discharges of hazardous substances by the end of 2005, the countries pollution control authority SFT has reported. The agency's assessment of operators' 2003 reports is much more positive than some of its earlier pronouncements (EED 26/09/02). Most operators have chosen solutions that will "substantially eliminate" releases of contaminated produced water, it says. Most have "already come a long way" in substituting hazardous chemicals. "Substantial progress" has been made in reducing drilling discharges. See press release.

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