December 12, 2007 / 4:14 PM / 12 years ago

Norway oil spill may not reach coast - official

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Norway’s coastal administration said on Wednesday there was only a small chance that a 25,000-barrel oil spill in the North Sea would reach the Norwegian coast.

“We see the probability as being small that this spill will reach the shores,” director Tor Christian Sletner of the Norwegian Coastal Administration told Reuters. “StatoilHydro is responsible for cleaning up. This is the ‘polluter pays’ principle,” Sletner added.

The spill occurred at StatoilHydro’s Statfjord oilfield, about 200 km (124 miles) west of the port of Bergen.

Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Bart Noonan

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