Shell flow line leaks 88,200 gallons of oil into Gulf of Mexico
The United States Coast Guard has said that a Shell flow line has leaked around 88,200 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The leak occurred around 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana and was reported on Thursday. Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash also said that the leak has been fixed and cleanup crews are already dispatched to the area for clean-up tasks.
Shell spokeswoman Kimberly Windon said in a company statement that a helicopter saw an oil sheen near the Glider subsea tieback system at Shell's Brutus platform at 8 am. Windon also said that no drilling is taking place at that site and that the leak is not a well control incident. Officials said that they are still investigating the cause of the leak but Windon said that a release of oil from the subsea infrastructure might have caused the leak.
It is believed that the pol was apparently leaked from a line that connects four wells in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf to the platform and has left a miles-long sheen. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has confirmed that there are no injuries reported.