The Gulf of Mexico is still recovering is still recovering from Deepwater Horizon, the infamous BP oil spill, which desecrated the region six years ago. No luck. There’s oil in the water again, and this time it’s a problem with Shell’s offshore Brutus platform, near which a crude leak has been discovered. Word came in after a helicopter spotted an oil sheen off the Louisiana coast, about 160 miles south-southwest of New Orleans. As of Saturday morning, nearly 90,000 gallons have escaped into the sea.
There are no offshore drilling activities at Brutus, so chances are the leak is a result of problems with Shell’s Glider Field. That’s the underwater piping configuration, a manifold-like system responsible for connecting the Brutus platform to a cluster of four subsea oil wells. Federal regulators say that Shell has now shut off all wells running to the platform in order to stop the leak, but not before a 13-mile-long oil slick formed on the water. It’s less than 100 miles south of from Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
At this time, no injuries are reported. Cleanup crews have been dispatched.