Maersk Oil's statement is inadequate
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has received a statement from Maersk Oil on illegal emissions of chemicals in connection with the oil and gas production in the North Sea. The report is, however, inadequate and the board has given Maersk Oil until August 7 to provide the missing information.
"This is a very serious matter. We note that Maersk Oil has now stopped using the two illegal chemicals - namely Scavtreat and WT-1099. But we need more information about what has happened in Maersk Oil's procedures and how the company will prevent such an error from happening again," says Inger Bergmann, Head of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
The Danish Environmental Protection Agency has received a statement from Maersk Oil about the illegal emissions of chemicals in the North Sea, but does not find the report sufficient and wishes more information. Maersk Oil's supplementary statement will be included in an assessment of the sanctions that may be related to Maersk Oil.
The Danish EPA continuously monitors the environmental situation in the North Sea and since 1989, when surveillance began, the marine environment has not deteriorated. In 2006, the countries around the North Sea committed each other to phase out particularly environmentally harmful chemicals.
Continued use and discharge of this kind of chemicals requires a special permission from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. Maersk Oil did not have this permission and they have not timely informed us that they have used and discharged chemicals that require special permission.
Maersk Oil has found an alternative chemical that is classified as yellow to replace Scavtreat. The use of the new chemical has started on June 19, 2017, and the discharge of the old chemical has stopped on July 1. Maersk Oil has stopped using WT-1099 before June 1, 2017, where an alternatively less harmful chemical was used.
The chemical Scavtreat is used to remove sulfur brine from oil and gas collected in the North Sea. In addition, the chemical prevents explosion hazard on platforms. The second chemical, WT-1099, is used to remove oil from water before the water is discharged to the sea.
Maersk Oil has been given until Tuesday August 7 to provide the missing information.
Source: Miljøstyrelsen / Maritime Denmark