A leak from an undersea pipeline network operated by Royal Dutch Shell spilled nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last week. The leak occurred about 90 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Glider Field near the company’s Brutus Tension-Leg Platform.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) and Shell have recovered over 76,600 gallons of oily-water mixture, the company said. No coastal impacts are expected and there’s been no reports of injury to wildlife. Gulf fisheries remain open.
“The Coast Guard and Shell jointly agreed that using on-water recovery vessels and skimming is the safest and most effective oil recovery option at this time,” the USCG said in a statement Sunday.
The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the spill.