Statoil accepts million dollar fine

Norwegian Statoil has decided to accept a fine of USD 1.64 million that the company was sentenced to pay in relation to a North Sea spill .

Photo: Øyvind Hagen - Statoil

Following a period of deliberation, Statoil has decided to accept a fine of USD 1.64 million, which the company was sentenced to pay by a court in late October, says Staoil in a press release.

The case dates back to 2009, when a spill at Statoil's petroleum field Veslefrikk in the North Sea was discovered during a routine check, where a ten meters deep crater was found just four meters from the drill. In 2010 the international environmental NGO Bellona Foundation and the Norwegian state both charged Statoil with spilling toxic chemicals from shallow water injection drills into the ocean floor.

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