THE EKOFISK ACCIDENT: ITS ENVIRONMENTAL AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS

An uncontrolled blowout on the Bravo platform in the Norwegian Ekofisk oilfield is discussed. Before it was finally capped, an estimated 15,000-21,000 T of oil escaped, of which only 800-1,000 T has been recovered due to the inability of existing equipment to function efficiently in rough seas. Participants in the Bonn Agreement, recognizing the need for more effective national emergency arrangements in the North Sea region, have decided to meet early in 1978 to discuss the following: further mutual; assistance and joint emergency arrangements for the area; encouragement of North Sea offshore operators to develope a joint organization to combat oil spills; evaluation of the efficiency of existing chemical and mechanical recovery methods and their impact on the environment; coordination of an effort to improve various means of combating oil pollution; and organization of a permanent secretariat to facilitate cooperation under the Bonn Agreement. This blowout, coupled with numerous offshore tanker accidents, reinforced public concern and scientific interest in the long-term effects of oil on marine and estuarine ecosystems. It is important to remember that the potential for more environmentally damaging and economically costly oil spills is present, and that it is necessary to be continually aware of the risk.

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    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

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  • Authors:
    • Wallenberg, B
  • Publication Date: 1977-9

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  • Accession Number: 00183189
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Data Courier, Incorporated
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1978 12:00AM