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More than 13,000 gallons of drilling fluids — including about 7,500 gallons of synthetic materials — leaked from equipment at Shell’s Appomattox prospect into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
The leak was discovered Sunday morning at the site 72 miles off the coast of Louisiana, where Shell is drilling a side track well in more than 7,000 feet of water.
The incident was reported to the National Response Center, which tracks oil sightings and discharges in water. Both Shell and federal officials said drilling was halted and the leak was quickly stopped.
Shell said 319 barrels — or 13,398 gallons — of drilling fluid escaped from a booster line, which supplies drilling liquids and is separate from the wellbore itself. According to the National Response Center report, that fluid included 180.2 barrels — or 7,568 gallons — of base “oil,” a likely reference to the synthetic material in the oil-based drilling mud.
Originally posted by CoffeeMonster
I wonder how much sea life needs to die before Oil Monguls get their sh*t together.
There needs to be a total overhaul of preventative mesures on these rigs. Millions of dollars in fines isnt going to bring back a dying ecosystem.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Hopefully they clean it up as fast as possible.edit on 20-12-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
This is the face of Russia's oil country, a sprawling, inhospitable zone that experts say represents the world's worst ecological oil catastrophe. Environmentalists estimate at least 1 percent of Russia's annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year. That is equivalent to one Deepwater Horizon-scale leak about every two months. Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine to spell disaster in the world's largest oil producer, responsible for 13 percent of global output.