ConocoPhillips fined for UK gas leak

ConocoPhillips fined for UK gas leak

Oil giant ConocoPhillips has been fined £3m ($4.43m) for allowing 603 kg of what a UK judge described as “potentially explosive” gas to be leaked from a platform off the east coast of England.

Approximately 66 people were put in danger when the gas was released from the company’s offshore gas gathering system off Mablethorpe in November 2012.

During maintenance, a key valve was left open allowing the gas to vent into a turbine hall.

“The failures here were not isolated but systemic and they posed extreme risk of serious harm or death,” a local judge ruled.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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