Oil rules 'will not prevent spills'

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New financial rules on oil and gas exploration have come into effect with a warning from an environmental group that they will do little to prevent oil spills.

The insurance conditions, designed to make sure companies can demonstrate "financial responsibility" for drilling, will be rendered meaningless to wildlife caught up in any future accident, WWF Scotland said.