A three-year study to identify best environmental practices for managing piles of contaminated drill cuttings that have accumulated beneath offshore oil and gas rigs in the North Sea and north-east Atlantic has been completed (EED 04/06/98). Conducted by a consortium of oil and gas companies, the research concludes that no one option is best in all circumstances. A range of valid management routes is identified, including covering piles, retrieving cuttings and leaving accumulations to degrade naturally. Environmental impact assessments and public consultation should be undertaken before final decisions, the study concludes. See study findings.
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