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Elgin North Sea gas leak fish 'untainted'

Category: Scotland

Published: 11th Apr 2012 11:55:10

Tests on fish from close to the gas leak platform in the North Sea have shown they are "untainted", the Scottish government has said.

A research vessel spent the weekend at sea taking samples near Total's Elgin platform which were then analysed.

Taste tests concluded that "no taint of hydrocarbons" was found in the samples.

Full chemical testing of all environmental samples is continuing, with initial results expected by the end of the week.

The fish samples collected for an expert panel covered cod, haddock, whiting, plaice, lemon sole, herring and mackerel.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: "The environmental impact of this gas leak has been minimal so far, however it's important we take precautions and analyse all available data.

"Therefore it's reassuring that sensory testing of the fish samples gathered by the Alba na Mara have found they are untainted by hydrocarbons.

"Full chemical analysis work - including water and sediment samples - is ongoing and will provide further clarification on any impact.

"Marine Scotland Science have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to carry out this work effectively, including the UK's only specially trained sensory panel.

"We will continue our monitoring activities for the duration of this incident, so we can assess any impact on the marine environment and respond as needed."

Total has said it is working on plans to stop the leak.

The platform was evacuated after gas started leaking on Sunday 25 March.

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