NEW ORLEANS – The US Coast Guard has reported that almost 90,000 gallons of oil has leaked from a Shell flow line into the Gulf of Mexico about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
Officials say the leak has been secured and cleanup crews will be dispatched.
The offshore oil and gas operator, Shell Offshore Inc., reported that a sheen was observed in the area of its Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells located in Green Canyon Block 248.
The production from these four wells flows through a subsea manifold to Shell’s Brutus platform located in 2,900 feet of water.
Shell reported that production from all wells that flow to the Brutus platform have been shut-in. There are no injuries reported and no personnel have been evacuated. The total subsea release from the four wells is estimated to be 2,100 barrels of oil.
A Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) inspector conducted an overflight of the area and is currently on location at the Brutus platform. BSEE will lead the incident investigation.
SUN News will continue to report on further developments as they become available.