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1999 Annual Report

Drill Cuttings

The UKOOA Drill Cuttings Task Force have now completed Phase I of their initiative to determine the best ways to address the legacy of drill cuttings accumulations on the sea bed.

Project Managers DNV, have successfully stewarded a programme of 15 R&D projects through 1999, ranging from studies to further refine our understanding of the environmental impact of the drill cuttings accumulations on the sea bed to identifying possible techniques for their remediation. To aid the integrity and transparency of this process an independent Scientific Review Group has been established under the Chairmanship of Professor John Shepherd, the former director of the Southampton Oceanography Centre and currently director of the Earth System Modelling Initiative in Southampton. Eric Faulds, Chairman of the Drill Cuttings Initiative in 1999, inspects a cuttings sample.

All the results of Phase I of the UKOOA Drill Cuttings Task Force programme, including DNV's summary report are published within the UKOOA website.

A second stakeholder dialogue event is taking place in early 2000 at which a wide audience of interested parties, including environmentalists, academics, fisherman, regulators, government and industry have been invited to discuss the findings of Phase I and contribute to the construction of a Phase II programme. The Environment Council will again act as facilitator for the dialogue event.

Phase II is planned for completion by mid-2001, at which point the Task Force expect to have determined the best ways forward for addressing sea bed drill cuttings accumulations.

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