No new observations of oil

December 17, 2007, 20:16 CET

No new observations of oil were made after extensive flying over the affected area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. (Photo: Marit Hommedal/StatoilHydro)

The flights took place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and no oil was observed in the area.

The plane observations are supported by satellite monitoring, as well as observations from other vessels in the area. The surveillance aircraft followed the ocean currents as far north as Trøndelag.

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) also carried out helicopter surveillance on Thursday December 13 and Friday December 14 to observe sea birds. A number of northern gannets, fulmars and sea gulls were observed in the area, but no dead birds were seen.

The area is still being surveyed by satellite and aircraft, in addition to visual observations from helicopters and boats. There are also three oil pollution response vessels with tugs in the area which can respond and assist at short notice. A reduction in the level of activity will be considered if no new observations are made.