DECC representative: Shell oil leak "under control"

The oil leak at Shell’s Gannet Alpha rig in the North Sea is “under control”, claims the Energy Secretary’s representative. Hugh Shaw, the Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention said […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The oil leak at Shell’s Gannet Alpha rig in the North Sea is “under control”, claims the Energy Secretary’s representative. Hugh Shaw, the Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention said that measures taken by Shell to stem the flow were well under way.

Speaking in Aberdeen yesterday, where a team to monitor Shell’s response has been set up which includes the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Mr Shaw said: “Based on the latest intelligence that I have, my view is that the oil leak is under control and has now been greatly reduced as validated by remotely operated vehicle footage and Government aerial surveillance flights.”

He added: “The priority now and over the coming days is to completely halt any further leakage in what is a complex environment.” Shell’s recent estimates put the amount of oil leaked so far at around 1,300 barrels.