There is no indication that the gas leak that caused Total to abandon its North Sea Elgin platform on March 25 has resulted in a significant environmental impact, according to the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change.
DECC said that in spite of this, its Government Interest Group that was set up in response to the incident (and which includes the Health and Safety Executive, the Scottish Government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency) has convened an informal Environment Group to collate, review and summarise the environmental information relating to the Elgin leak. A summary of environment aspects can be found on DECC's oil and gas website.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Scottish Government released the results of a "taste test" on fish samples collected from close to the Elgin platform. This test concluded that there was no taint of the samples as a result of the hydrocarbon release.
On Tuesday this week, Total said it is still in the preparatory stage of tackling a gas leak at the Elgin platform and was still weeks away from an operating to kill the well with heavy mud pumping. Last Thursday, the firm took a specialist team to visit the Elgin platform and it plans to make several more helicopter flights to the platform in the coming weeks as part of its preparations.
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