Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled Into Gulf of Mexico
Leaving a 13- by 2-mile sheen of oil on the waves, federal authorities said, almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast on Thursday.
The Coast Guard said that the spill had been contained. Two companies were being contracted to begin cleanup operations.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is part of the U.S. Interior Department, said Shell Offshore Inc. reported that production from all wells that flow to its Brutus platform had been shut off. The platform is about 90 miles south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana
The safety bureau said no injuries or evacuations were reported.
Shell said said no drilling occurs at the site, which is an underwater pipe system that connects to a central hub.
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