'No trace of oil' on coast from stranded rig
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Over 50 tonnes of oil lost from rig but 'most evaporated'

Thousands of litres of diesel are feared to have spilled into the sea from an oil rig that ran aground on the Western Isles.

The rig was carrying 280 tonnes of diesel - more than 300,000 litres - when it was blown ashore in severe weather conditions.

Hugh Shaw, the government's principal adviser on salvage operations, told the Today programme that 52 tonnes of diesel oil had been lost, but that there was "no trace of any oil" along the coastline, as most had by now evaporated.

  • 11 Aug 2016
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