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Shell Oil: More than 1,300 Barrels of Oil Leaked into North Sea

15 Aug 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: General Environment

A leak in a Shell-operated flow line near the Gannett Alpha platform has spilled an estimated 1,300 barrels of oil into the North Sea off the Scottish coast, the company revealed Monday. 

According to a Shell release, the oil spill covers a 19 mile by 2.5 mile range. While small compared to the 4.9 million barrels spilled in BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident off the Gulf coast last year, the size of the spill is substantial for the area.

The oil field is co-owned by Exxon subsidiary Esso, but operated by Shell.

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