Oil spill not expected to reach Scotland

Associated Press / August 16, 2011

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LONDON - Royal Dutch Shell estimated yesterday that 54,600 gallons of oil have spilled into the North Sea from a rig off Scotland’s eastern coast. The Gannet Alpha rig, 112 miles east of Aberdeen, is operated by Shell and co-owned by Shell and a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil.

Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell’s European exploration and production activities, called the spill “significant’’ given the amount of oil that generally spills into the North Sea. “We care about the environment and we regret that the spill happened,’’ he said.

Cayley said he believed waves would disperse the oil sheen and the spill was not expected to reach the shore.

It was not clear when the leak began last week. Shell announced it Friday and said it was under control on Saturday.

Cayley said the flow line on the Gannet Alpha platform was now leaking around five barrels a day.

The British government said the leak was small compared with the BP spill that dumped 206 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico last year, but said it was still substantial for the UK’s continental shelf. top stories on Twitter

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