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Royal Dutch Shell: Leak at the Gannet Alpha oil platform in the North Sea

Environmental Damages in Scotland

In August 2011, a spill in the Gannet Alpha platform 180 km from Aberdeen in Scotland has evolved into the worst spill in UK waters in the past decade. It is estimated that 216 tonnes – 1,300 barrels – have been discharged into the water.

Greenpeace, which criticized Shell for not providing sufficient information on the extent of the spill, pointed to the devastating impact the released oil can have on the marine and bird life in the area. Currently thousands of young auks are dispersing widely in the North Sea during late summer. So they could be contaminated by the spill.

The field is co-owned by Esso, a subsidiary of US oil firm Exxon but operated by Shell.

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