Update 1: Shell Gulf of Mexico response
May 13, 2016
Shell and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are continuing joint efforts to respond to a release of oil from a segment of a subsea flow line in the Gulf of Mexico.
Shell observed and first responded to the release on May 12th, at the Glider Field located approximately 90 miles south of Louisiana. An estimated 2100 barrels was released, and response vessels, including aircraft, are in place. Production at the Glider field and the nearby Brutus tension-leg platform remains shut-in. A remotely operated vehicle (ROV) confirmed the flow line source of the release, and that segment of the line has been isolated. There are no drilling activities, and this is not a well control incident. The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) remains involved and is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the release. Repair plans will be subject to BSEE’s approval.
No release is acceptable, and safety remains our priority as we respond to this incident.
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