14 Aug '11, 2pm

Shell Oil Leak in North Sea Raises Memories of BP Gulf Oil Spill

Although a vessel with dispersant and oil spill equipment is on standby, Shell reports the leak is fully under control. The company continues to search for the exact location of the leak after an oil sheen was noticed in the area of the platform, about 180km (112 miles) off the east coast of Aberdeen. But the undersea well has been shut down, and the pipeline is being depressurized, which should ensure the leak is contained and cannot continue indefinitely as the BP oil leak did. Additionally, the well is only 95 meters (300 feet) under the surface of the water, in much shallower depths than the challenging gulf oil wellhead. The Guardian quotes UK Green party leader Patrick Harvie reminding Shell that communication with the authorities and public is now crucial, "something BP failed to do during the Gulf of Mexico disaster last year." The BBC references Scottish First Min...

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