This video from Scotland, where Shell oil now floats into the North Sea, threatening birds’ lives, says about itself:
This video was produced for the Scottish Seabird Centre by the Creative Department students of Napier University Edinburgh. The Seabird Centre is an environmental and conservation charity and is the world’s leading remote viewing wildlife attraction.
From a Reuters report, on the Scientific American site:
Shell Oil Leak Could Be Worst in North Sea Since 2000
August 15, 2011
* Shell estimates around 216 tonnes of oil spilt
* UK govt says several hundreds of tonnes spilt
* Spill of that scale would be biggest since 2000 – govt
* Environmentalists concerned about impact on birds
* Shell shares up 0.35 pct
By Sarah Young
LONDON, Aug 15 – Royal Dutch Shell‘s ruptured North Sea pipeline has caused a “substantial” spill, with oil still leaking into the sea, the British government and the oil major said on Monday.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said: “Current estimates are that the spill could be of several hundred tonnes”.
A spill on that scale would be the worst in the North Sea since 2000 when more than 500 tonnes was spilt, according to DECC data.
Shell said around 216 tonnes of oil, equivalent to 1,300 barrels, had leaked into the North Sea in a “significant spill”.
“Work continues to stop the oil remaining in the flowline from leaking. We estimate the current rate of leakage is less than five barrels a day,” the oil major said in a separate statement on Monday.
“In the context of the UK Continental Shelf, the spill is substantial,” a spokesman for the DECC said, noting assessment of the size of a spill is subject to revision. …
Shell said the incident was a “significant spill in the context of annual amounts of oil spilled in the North Sea”.
Shell’s shares were trading up 0.35 percent to 2,015 pence at 1528 GMT, lagging the European index of oil and gas companies , which was 0.8 percent higher.
Traders downplayed the impact of a shutdown at Gannet, which Shell co-owns with U.S. major Exxon, on oil supplies, saying it was a small field and would not cause much disruption.
The oil sheen from the leak, 180 km off the Scottish port of Aberdeen, covered around 37 square km, said Shell’s spokesman.
“Thousands of young razorbills, puffins and guillemots are flightless and dispersing widely in the North Sea during late summer, so they could be at serious risk if contaminated by this spill,” Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
Government data showed there was a reduction in significant hydrocarbon releases in UK waters in 2010-2011 from the previous year, though a parliamentary report in January questioned the country’s readiness to tackle a major oil spill.
Shell said it plans to issue a further statement about the leak later on Monday. (Additional reporting by Alex Lawler, Zaida Espana and Matt Scuffham; Editing by David Cowell, Andrew Callus and David Hulmes)
Alaska: A federal agency has approved the first new oil drilling in the Beaufort Sea since the Gulf oil spill last year: here.