Responding to news that Shell has reported an oil spill at its Gannet Alpha platform about 180 km from Aberdeen close to the UK shore at the North Sea, Juliet Swann, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“Given the massive economic importance of the North Sea to Scotland’s rural and business economy, the news that there has been an oil spill in our seas is deeply disturbing.

“Friends of the Earth Scotland strongly feels that the ongoing exploitation of increasingly hard to drill oil in the North Sea is potentially hugely damaging to Scotland’s coastal communities, fishing industry and economy.

“Any spill, however small, should serve as a warning sign and encourage us to look to a clean, renewable energy future, rather than continuing to invest in dirty oil.”

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Notes to Editors

Shell fights North Sea oil spill: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-14513509

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