A total of 88,200 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell Oil facility off Timbalier Island into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
Shell said the sheen probably came from a release of oil from subsea infrastructure, although it is still determining the exact cause of the release by inspecting subsea equipment and flow lines.
“No release is acceptable, and safety remains our priority as we respond to this incident,” Shell said.
Shell Spills Over 88,000 Gallons Of Crude
The spill has now been contained and Shell has contacted the Marine Spill Response Corporation and Clean Gulf Associates for cleanup and containment operations.
In response to the incident, Shell has isolated the leak and shut-in production at both fields”, the company said in a statement.
“At this time, Shell estimates that 2,100 barrels of oil were released. There are no drilling activities at Brutus, and this is not a well control incident”, it stated further.
“The company has made all appropriate regulatory notifications and mobilized response vessels, including aircraft, in the event the discharge is recoverable. There are no injuries”, a Shell spokesman said.
The spill left an oil sheen estimated to be 13 by 2 mile long. “Earlier today in the Gulf of Mexico, a Shell helicopter observed an oil sheen near the Glider subsea tieback system at the Brutus tension-leg platform”, a Shell spokesman said.
The sheen is located near Shell’s Glider field, a group of subsea wells whose production flows through a subsea manifold to the Brutus platform. According to Shell, production from all wells that flow to its Brutus platform had been shut off.
Brutus started operations in 2001 with a maximum capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil and 150 million cubic feet of gas per day.