Let’s face it, accidents happen in every field of work, even oil drilling. So with that being said, yesterday, there was a leak from an oil platform run by Shell Oil, in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. That is the bad news. The good news, if there is any, is that the spill has successfully been contained, and there is minimal risk to the environment, as judged by the government. This is only one of multiple Oil Spills that regularly occur in the United States and around the globe, and illustrate why crude oil drilling is extremely risky.
Yesterday’s oil spill was spotted quite by accident, when a Shell Oil Helicopter noticed a streak of oil as it was flying over their Brutus Platform. Apparently the Oil Spill is the result of a leak in Shell’s underwater pipeline system, and shell has taken immediate action by cutting off the pipeline, and shutting down production of all oil rigs that produce oil that needs to be routed through the Brutus platform, until the whole situation sorts itself out. This whole situation also goes to illustrate how difficult, and risky situations such as this one can be handled effectively when it is dealt with by experienced crew members, and if it is caught quickly enough before any large damage is inflicted. To be completely honest, it seriously looks as if we all got very lucky that this was noticed at the time when it was.