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Joint spill inquiry by PSA , SFT and The Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket)

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has initiated an inquiry into the Statfjord A oil spill in collaboration with the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) and The Norwegian Coastal Administration.

Measures for preventing harm to people, the environment and material assets, including averting or halting acute pollution from offshore installations, fall within the PSA’s jurisdiction.

The SFT is responsible for issuing permits to enterprises under the Norwegian Pollution Act and for setting emergency preparedness standards to prevent harm to the natural environment.

The Norwegian Coastal Administration (Kystverket) area of responsibility encompasses supervision with measures to reduse the environmental consequences of the emission.

According to its mandate, the inquiry will:

• clarify the scope, development and potential of the incident, assess its direct and underlying causes, and identify follow-up measures
• assess operational, technical and management conditions relating to the incident
• identify any breaches of the regulations, recommend further follow-up and identify possible regulatory responses.

The investigation will be coordinated by the PSA.

Further information from:
Inger Anda, press spokesperson, PSA
E-mail: inger.anda@ptil.no
Telephone: +47 97 05 40 64