15 Aug '11, 5pm

North Sea oil leak biggest in decade, says Britain

North Sea oil leak biggest in decade, says Britain

LONDON: An oil spill from a North Sea platform is the biggest in British waters in a decade, government figures showed on Monday as Shell battled to close off the leak completely. Around 216 tonnes (1,300 barrels) of oil has leaked from the Gannet Alpha platform, 180 kilometres east of Aberdeen on the Scottish coast, the Anglo-Dutch oil giant said. The estimate is bigger than the total amount spilled in any year in British waters over the last 10 years, according to figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). "It is not easy to quantify the total volume spilled but we estimate so far that it is around 216 tonnes," said Glen Cayley, a Shell technical director. "This is a significant spill in the context of annual amounts of oil spilled in the North Sea. We care about the environment and we regret that the spill happened. We have taken it very seriously ...

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