North Sea Rig Still Leaking Oil
August 15, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ABERDEEN, Scotland, Aug. 15 (UPI) — Oil is leaking from a Shell platform in the North Sea in what authorities called the worst spill in British waters in more than 10 years.
The oil is flowing from the Gannet Alpha platform about 112 miles east of Aberdeen, Scotland, five days after Shell first discovered the problem, The Scotsman reported Monday.
The spill, estimated at 100 tons so far, has covered an area of about 19 miles by 3 miles.
Stuart Housden, director of the wildlife protection group RSPB Scotland, said thousands of seabirds were at risk from the spill and criticized First Minister Alex Salmond of downplaying the scale of the problem.
“The first minister was coming out on Friday and Saturday saying it’s small.”
“It is small compared to what we saw in the Gulf of Mexico, but it is the largest single leak that we’ve had for at least 10 years from an offshore installation,” Housden said.
Shell said the leak from the platform “remains under control.”
“We care about the environment and we regret that this spill has happened,” a Shell spokeswoman said. “We have an emergency response team on this and we are working with the relevant authorities to minimize the impact of this incident.”