Prosecutors to consider new report into oil leak on North Sea platform

BP's Clair platform
BP's Clair platform

A report into a North Sea oil spill has been sent to prosecutors for consideration.

Around 95 tonnes of oil, about 600 barrels worth, leaked into the sea near BP’s Clair installation last October.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) confirmed the department for business, energy and industrial strategy has submitted a report into the incident which happened around 46 miles to the west of Shetland.

A Crown Office spokeswoman said: “Following an investigation into the circumstances of an incident in October 2016 involving a release of oil at the BP Clair Phase 1 platform in the North Sea, the department for business, energy and industrial strategy has submitted a report to COPFS.

“That report is now under the consideration.”

Following the spill, the oil “rapidly dispersed naturally” according to BP.

Surveillance flights were carried out to monitor the situation.

Production at the platform was also halted.

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