Gallery: Shell Struggles to Stop Second Leak on North Sea Oil Rig


It’s starting to seem like we can’t even go one day without news breaking about another oil spill ravaging the environment. Last Friday, Shell confirmed that its rig on the Gannet Alpha platform in the North Sea had sprung a leak. While the company has managed to stop that main leak, they are struggling to shut down a second leak that is spilling oil into the water in a hard-to-reach spot close to the ocean floor. The secondary leak is pumping 84 gallons of crude oil into the ocean every day. Since the leak started, about 55,000 gallons of oil have spilled into the North Sea. While nowhere near as disastrous as the Gulf oil spill or Shell’s massive mess in Nigeria, this most recent spill is still massively depressing.

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