|Shell Oil; The best afloat in today's Gulf! (c) Telegraph|
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We learn today that Royal Dutch Shell [just Shell in the US] discovered an "oil sheen" in the central Gulf of Mexico near one of its platforms. The Canadian Press reports that the sheen extends for ten miles, so chances are, it's definitely a leak, and someone has some 'splainin to do."
Shell has advised that there is "no current indication" that the sheen originates from either of its wells in the Gulf. Meanwhile, investors took a dim view of the situation and sold heavily, forcing the price of Shell down by four per cent. [BP took a ricochet drop of 1.5%.]
|These pipes are safe. Ask a Nigerian farmer|
The Associated Press reports that the number of its operational oil spills doubled last year -- to 63.
Hmm, that's a lot.
Shell advises that a lot of those spills came from pipeline thefts in Nigeria, but it spilled only 5,300 tons of oil last year, as opposed to 14,000 tons two years ago.
So, they seemed to be making progress, or at least they were until this ten mile slick appeared in the Gulf. Chances are, ten miles of oil slick amounts to more than 5,000 tons of oil -- which is a lot in one spill.
|115 miles of floating oil near Nigeria|
Envisat ASAR image analyzed by SkyTruth
So, about roughly 40,000 barrels of crude oil created that sheen. That made Shell a bit nervous since its other spills in 2008 in Nigeria's Bodo region of the Delta were estimated to take roughly 30 years to clean up.
On the positive side, Shell spilled only 320 barrels of contaminated fluids in the Gulf of Mexico before it closed down its deep drilling rig there.
|Deepwater Horizon (c) Wikipedia|
BP alleviated much of the tar problem by pumping thousands of gallons of chemicals into the Gulf to dissipate the oil plumes that were ten miles long and three miles wide that snaked for several miles below the surface.
Although declared "safe" by BP and the federal government, the Gulf remains polluted and continues to spew out the dead dolphins, fish, and waterfowl.
So, we look forward to Shell's oil spill. Can it compete with BP's spill? And can it cause the amount of devastation as the BP Spill?
We "Little People" are anxious to know!