THE worst North Sea oil leak in over a decade has been halted - but last night officials were reluctant to declare the crisis over.
BILLIONAIRE Donald Trump claimed last night that Scotland's coastline will be "forever ruined" if a £200million windfarm is built next to his north-east golf resort.
NORTH Sea oil production has suffered its biggest slump since records began, the Press and Journal can reveal.
Oil giant Marathon has been warned by the Health and Safety Executive following a gas leak on one of its North Sea platforms.
An international oil firm has been hit with another warning from safety bosses over the condition of one of its North Sea platforms.
Safety bosses claimed last night that the focus on preventing major disasters in the North Sea has led some offshore companies to neglect general maintenance.
Oil workers travelling to North Sea installations have become the first in the world to be tracked all the way to their destination following the launch of a pioneering safety system.
A leading oil services company has been fined £300,000 after losing radioactive material on a North Sea rig for four hours - with potentially devastating consequences for workers on board.
Two prominent Scottish businessmen are being taken to court by the north-east company they used to own, it has emerged.
Safety chiefs have taken action against a global oil company following a major North Sea gas leak.
SCOTTISH Secretary Michael Moore says the UK Government will stand shoulder to shoulder with the oil and gas industry over the European threat to deep-water oil exploration.
GREENPEACE activists have ended their blockade of an oil drill ship after the vessel's operator won a second court order against the group.
Chevron is facing a major battle to remove Greenpeace protesters from its drill ship off Shetland after the campaigners set up a "survival pod" which could allow them to live on the vessel.
Greenpeace protesters boarded a drilling ship yesterday to try to stop it heading for a deep water well in the North Sea.
A LEADING Scottish businessman said last night that he quit his director's post at a safety equipment group to "protect my reputation" after raising concerns about the way the company was being run.
The offshore oil and gas industry was warned about its safety record last night after a damning report revealed there nearly 100 major oil and gas leaks from UK platforms in the past year.
The number of inspections of North Sea drilling rigs is to be doubled following the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, which has cost BP more than £1billion.
Oil giant BP says it is "absolutely responsible" for cleaning up the huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, amid growing pressure from the US Government.
A safety device designed to help locate offshore workers lost at sea has been issued on North Sea helicopter flights for the first time in almost a year.
A NORTH Atlantic oil field which has been shut down since a tanker accident in October will reopen next month.
Oil and gas bosses made a fresh call last night for new tax incentives amid growing fears that a lack of investment will leave billions of pounds worth of oil underneath the sea.
One of Scotland's biggest oil and gas logistics companies has launched plans to store more than 5,000 tonnes of kerosene at a north-east harbour.
A banned safety device which can help find offshore workers lost at sea is on the verge of being reintroduced, oil and gas bosses revealed last night.
A NORTH-EAST college has struck a deal with some of the world's biggest oil companies which will give pupils the chance to see how the oil and gas industry works.
News that carbon capture and storage technology could herald a new era of financial prosperity for the North Sea and the communities that rely on it was widely welcomed last night.