Royal Dutch Shell has an oil spill at an offshore platform in the North Sea, about 100 miles East of Aberdeen, Scotland. The spill appears to be in an undersea pipe, and the company says it shut down production from a well on Wednesday to de-pressurize the pipe. There is a sheen three miles wide and 17 miles long trailing out from Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform. There is no estimate available yet of how much oil spilled. Shell is assuring the public there is little chance of the slick reaching shore.
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