BBC Scotland bury ‘One of the best pieces of news for a long time about the Scottish oil industry and the preservation of the environment’

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From Tus reader William Henderson, on BBC Scotland’s strangely negative headline which might reasonably have been the TuS one above:

With appropriate shock and horror, I noticed this morning on BBC Scotland’s web site the above headline. My mind instantly turned to thoughts of the great oil spill of a few years back in the Gulf of Mexico and the catastrophic damage done to the American coast, not to mention the billions of dollars in fines and clean-up costs piled upon BP by the US government. This had to be really bad news for Scotland!

 

However………on reading the article under that stark headline, I discovered that, far from catastrophe, the situation is that a Scotland-based group of seriously clever engineers are at an advanced state of development of a novel method of monitoring the security of oil wells which have been exhausted and securely capped.

 

The technique, which is designed to be viable for at least 100 years’ operation, will ensure that at the earliest sign of leakage at the seal a buoy will be released to the surface of the sea, there to broadcast to a satellite monitor that there is a possible problem which requires immediate attention. This is one of the best pieces of news for a long time about the Scottish oil industry and the preservation of the environment.

 

So, I have a question for the BBC’s team of science and technology expert journalists -“What the hell was going on in your heads when you put that headline over this article?”

 

4 thoughts on “BBC Scotland bury ‘One of the best pieces of news for a long time about the Scottish oil industry and the preservation of the environment’

  1. Scott May 3, 2019 / 8:12 am

    Subsea alarm warns of North Sea oil well leaks

    Have just read the article John and as you say the headline is crap but its what we expect from BBC.

    PS I wonder we will see uninterrupted snooker this weekend or will Taylor be seen on his knees kissing the feet of his Empress.

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  2. Kev May 3, 2019 / 2:12 pm

    Perhaps a better title would have been “New Subsea Alarms to warn of North Sea oil well leaks”? Bit of a shame because I think Ken Macdonald is one of BBC Scotland’s better journalists and presenters. Maybe there was some intentionally, or not, “misunderstanding” by a sub editor? Dunno, but yeah, when you read that title it sounds like more of the usual doom.

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  3. Alasdair Macdonald May 3, 2019 / 8:48 pm

    This report is from Kenneth Macdonald, whom I find to be one of the best reporters on the station. He separates reporting from comments and is pretty factual and generally upbeat. Having attended some lectures at which he was giving an address I have generally found him fairly pro Scotland in his attitude. It is possible that the headline is from an editor.

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