Shell spill is under control, says Government

The Government has said they believe the Shell oil spill in the North Sea is under control. Mr Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Government has said they believe the Shell oil spill in the North Sea is under control.

Mr Hugh Shaw, the Secretary of State’s Representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention said: “The risk of further oil releasehas considerably reduced following a successful operation to return raised sections of the pipeline to the seabed with concrete mattresses.”

Appointed by the Government to oversee the operation, Mr Shaw added: “A slight sheen was reported in the area yesterday morning and I believe it is inevitable that further sheens will be seen as we move to the dredging and inspection phase of the operation and oil is released from sediment on the sea floor.”

Dredging and inspections have started today to find the precise source of the original leak.

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