Update 5: Shell Gulf of Mexico response
May 16, 2016
Shell and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) have agreed to conclude skimming operations in their joint response to the oil discharge of 2,100 barrels (88,200 gallons) at the Glider field in the Gulf of Mexico.
The joint response mobilized more than 150 people, five on-water recovery vessels for skimming, and aerial assets to respond to the sheen. Shell and the USCG recovered approximately 2,012 barrels (more than 84,000 gallons) of an oil-water mixture. One vessel will remain in the area to assess potential environmental impacts from the release. There have been no reported impacts to the coastline or fisheries. The nearby Brutus tension-leg platform has resumed production from Shell's unaffected direct vertical access wells; Glider and other subsea fields remain shut-in. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approved Shell's plans to remove and secure the damaged segment of the subsea flow line at Glider, and work is underway. BSEE is leading the investigation of the incident. There have been no reported injuries throughout the response.
No release is acceptable, and we remain focused on safe operations.
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