"BP Shuts Down Norwegian Oil Field After Leak"

"BP shut a Norwegian oil and gas field after a potentially dangerous leak, the company said on Tuesday, six days after the incident forced the emergency shutdown of the facility."

"'A substantial escape of hydrocarbons occurred on the Ula field in the Norwegian North Sea on 12 September,' the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) said. 'The PSA considers the incident to have had a substantial potential.'

'The leak arose in the separator module on Ula's production platform,' it added.

BP, still trying to rebuild its reputation after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, America's worst ever, said it shut the field and will not resume production until 'the causes of the incident have been clarified and the conditions rectified.'"

Balazs Koranyi reports for Reuters September 18, 2012.

Source: Reuters, 09/19/2012