Commenting on news that the current North Sea oil spill may now be the largest in a decade, Juliet Swann, Head of Campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said:

“We are deeply worried that we still, even five days after the leak was detected, know far too little about the environmental impact of the spill, how it could impact wildlife, and the scale of the threat to Scotland’s coastal communities and the marine environment that they rely on for their income.

“Shell seems to have learned nothing from its experience in the Gulf of Mexico and continues to communicate poorly with those affected, and with those that could assist. Its response has been close to pathetic.

“It is Shell’s responsibility to keep the public and stakeholders informed, especially in a crisis such as this, but I fear the longer we wait to hear about what is really happening from Shell, the more chance there is that we will never actually know the truth as Shell’s PR machine goes into overdrive.”

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Notes to Editors

Shell North Sea oil spill ‘more than 200 tonnes’
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-14532112

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