16 Aug '11, 2am

North Sea Oil Spill 'Under Control' only after producing a a slick 19 miles long & 2.7 miles wide

North Sea Oil Spill 'Under Control'. Several hundred tonnes of oil could have entered the North Sea after a leak from Shells Gannet Alpha oil platform 113 miles (180 km) off Aberdeen was found last week. The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change have described it as a "substantial" spill. A slick some 19 miles long by 2.7 miles wide has been produced and it is hoped that the oil will be naturally dispersed by wave and wind action. The spill was first spotted last Wednesday and the media was notified about this two days later, leading to claims of secrecy and lack of transparency about this event. Shell reported on Saturday that the leak was under control and leakage of oil considerably reduced. The eastern coast of Scotland at this time of year is an excellent place to find a range of whales and dolphins at this time of year. For example, off Aberdeen minke whales, ...

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