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Total failure to stop gas escape

Issue No. 2297

Oil firm Total repeatedly assured workers on its leaking North Sea Elgin platform that a leak was impossible—until just hours before evacuating them.

The firm first detected the trouble a month before the leak erupted on Sunday of last week as pressure rose in a well that should have been capped.

Safety concerns among the 238 workers abroad were repeatedly ignored.

The leak has spewed some 200,000 cubic metres of natural gas into the air daily since the eruption took place.

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Tue 3 Apr 2012, 18:39 BST
Issue No. 2297
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