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Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UKMore work needs to be done by the oil and gas sector on the UK Continental Shelf to reduce hydrocarbon releases, according to a new report from industry body Oil & Gas UK. The organization's annual Health & Safety report painted a mixed picture of how the industry performed in terms of health and safety in 2013.

It confirmed that there had been a 49-percent reduction in the number of reportable hydrocarbon releases during the three years to the end of March 2013 but that, despite this decrease, the remainder of the year saw an overall increase in total number of releases. The report also highlighted a slight increase in the frequency of reportable injuries to the sector's workers and dangerous occurrences, reversing the trend of improvement in previous years.