Shell responds to Gulf of Mexico oil release
May 12, 2016
Earlier today in the Gulf of Mexico, a Shell helicopter observed an oil sheen near the Glider subsea tieback system at the Brutus tension-leg platform.
The likely cause of the sheen is a release of oil from subsea infrastructure and, in response, Shell has isolated the leak and shut-in production at both fields. At this time, Shell estimates that 2100 barrels of oil were released. There are no drilling activities at Brutus, and this is not a well control incident. Shell is determining the exact cause of the release by inspecting the subsea equipment and flowlines in the Glider field. The company has made all appropriate regulatory notifications and mobilized response vessels, including aircraft, in the event the discharge is recoverable. There are no injuries.
No release is acceptable, and safety remains our priority as we respond to this incident.
This page will be updated with further updates.
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