Norwegian oil sector chemical releases plummet

Pollution control authority "satisfied" despite slower progress on other marine pollution indicators

Norway's offshore petroleum industry looks likely to meet its target of 'zero emissions' of hazardous chemicals by the end of 2005, the national pollution control authority (SFT) reports. The agency said latest figures, covering the period to 2004, showed releases had been cut by 85% since 2000. But it added that efforts to reduce discharges of oil and produced water by the same deadline were lagging. Overall it was “satisfied, by and large” with the progress of the sector and expected all targets to be met by the end of 2007, two years after the deadline. See SFT press release and report.

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