21,000 gallons of oil leak
Shell pipeline leaks 21,000 gallons of oil. Now the leak was in California’s Central Valley.
It’s the second time in two weeks, Shell has spilled thousands of gallons of oil!
Less than two weeks after dumping nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
The company’s San Pablo Bay Pipeline, which transports crude oil from California’s Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay Area, leaked an estimated 21,000 gallons into the soil near in San Joaquin County this week. This same pipeline sprung a leak just eight months ago in almost the same location, spilling roughly the same amount of oil into the ground.
Responders are on the scene to clear oil that’s reached the surface. According to county officials roughly 10,000 square feet of land is covered. Shell representatives claim the pipeline has been repaired, but the plant is still nog in operations.
Local government officials and Shell responders are investigating the cause of the leak and currently report that no oil has entered drinking water sources or populated areas.
Leak Mexican Gulf
A 2,100-barrel oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico forced Royal Dutch Shell to shut in all wells that flow to its Brutus platform.
The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said a 2 mile by 13 mile (about 3 km by 21 km) sheen was visible in the sea. The sheen is near Shell’s Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform, which sits in water with a depth of 2,900 feet (884 m).
Shell has has begun work to repair a fault in a flowline that has resulted in around 2,000 barrels worth of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
More than 88,000 gallons of oily-water mixture has been released from the Glider Field, a group of four underwater oil wells located around 97 miles south of Port Fourchon in Louisiana.
Shell said the oil is not expected to reach the shoreline and that no fisheries have been closed. The company said vessels and aircraft have been deployed to mop up the spill.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said it has deployed its “full investigative resources” to identify the cause of the oil spill and any potential improvements needed to underwater infrastructure.
The US federal government has tightened up drilling regulations following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people, as well as the coating of thousands of seabirds and marine animals in oil.
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