Statoil Refuses Fine after Veslefrikk Leak

Statoil said Friday that it would not accept a NOK 10 million ($1.6 million) fine imposed by the public prosecutor for Rogaland County, Norway, on October 18 in connection with a leak from an injection well on the North Sea's Veslefrikk field between 2002 and 2009.

Statoil said the fine is based on an "alleged failure" by it to monitor its own activity through remote measurement to detect pollution and take required action.

"After a thorough evaluation we have decided not to accept this fine, because we cannot see that we, based on the case documents, have breached regulations," Øystein Arvid Håland, senior vice president for the operations on Statoil's North Sea West cluster, said.

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