Shell, USCG end oil skimming ops at Glider

May 17, 2016

Supermajor Shell and the US Coast Guard (USCG) concluded skimming operations in their joint response to the discharge of 2100 bbl (88,200 gallons) of crude oil at the Glider field in the Gulf of Mexico, the pair said late on 16 May.

The joint response mobilized more than 150 people, five on-water recovery vessels for skimming, and aerial assets to respond to the sheen. Shell and the USCG recovered approximately 2012 bbl (~84,000 gallons) of an oil-water mixture.

One vessel will remain in the area to assess potential environmental impacts from the release. There have been no reported impacts to the coastline or fisheries, Shell said.

The nearby Brutus TLP has resumed production from Shell's unaffected direct vertical access wells; Glider and other subsea fields remain shut-in.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) approved Shell's plans to remove and secure the damaged segment of the subsea flowline at Glider, and work is underway.

There have been no reported injuries throughout the response, Shell said.

BSEE announced on 16 May that it has formed an investigative panel into the leak at Glider.

Image: Oil sheen observed near Glider field, courtesy of the US Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs.

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