Shell Oil Spill Scotland
August 17, 2011 by staff
Shell Oil Spill Scotland, Oil giant Shell admitted on Tuesday that a second leak in the flowline below the Gannet Alpha oil station in the North Sea, gaining fast and furious reactions from environmentalists. Government figures show that 216 tonnes of oil have already been released into the sea following a leak discovered on 11 August.
The oil field Alcatraz, only 112 miles east of Aberdeen, is co-owned by Esso, but operated by Shell. A BBC report said that the field produced “13 500 barrels per day between January and April this year.” According to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the amount of oil spilled into the drain exceeds the average annual total over the last decade.
“This is a major spill in the context of the quantities of oil spilled into the North Sea,” said Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell exploration and production activities in Europe. Shell attracted criticism from environmentalists for not reporting the first flight until August 13, a delay of 48 hours. After the disaster of BP Horizon deepwater Gulf of Mexico last year, companies have been under pressure to provide information on how they deal with oil spills. Shell says it has stopped leaking oil and exhaust volume is less than five barrels a day. He noted that strong winds and waves in the area have helped disperse the oil that has reduced the area of ??the stain of 0.2 square kilometers.
Other authors have also noted that this spill is qualitatively different from the Gulf of Mexico leak: Andy Bloxham, writing in The Telegraph, said the spill was “very small compared to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Last year, in which 4.9 million barrels of oil escaped from a maximum speed of about 62,000 barrels per day. ”
But are they being honest? Environmentalists are worried about anything?
Spill the beans, not oil. “While oil has flowed timely, no,” said Vicky Wyatt, the campaign of high oil Greenpeace Sun, expressing the growing feeling that oil companies must be more open. The Independent quoted by Fischer, Friends of the Earth Scotland, who agreed, “[I] s unlikely that they are still being drip fed information and Shell initially” negligible “leakage continues to cause problems.”
Fears for the future. Environmentalists are concerned about plans to drill in Greenland. Wyatt, of Greenpeace, said, “[A] s Shell plans to move to end the fragile Arctic, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean, the company has important questions.”
Seabirds in peril. Stuart Housden, RSPB Scotland director reiterated his fears in The Scotsman, “[E] ven a flight of half a ton in the wrong place can kill hundreds if not thousands of birds.” Puffins and guillemots youth are at risk at this time of year as you move and can not fly properly. Housden expressed frustration at the lack of cooperation of Shell, stating that “[I] would have thought he was in their interest to be open to organizations like us, who have experience and knowledge to impart.”
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