Shell spills 13,000 gallons while drilling near Deepwater Horizon site

The Deepwater Nautilus spilled 13,000 gallons into the Gulf Sunday while drilling a well for Shell. The rig is owned and operated by Transocean, which also owned the Deepwater Horizon.

The Deepwater Nautilus spilled 13,000 gallons into the Gulf Sunday while drilling a well for Shell. The rig is owned and operated by Transocean, which also owned the Deepwater Horizon. (ngoilgas.com)

Originally published on AL.com

Shell International spilled 13,000 gallons of oil and drilling fluids into the Gulf on Sunday while drilling an exploratory well near the site of last year’s Deepwater Horizon accident, according to a federal report on the spill.

The area where the well was being drilled is about 20 miles from the site of the BP oil spill. Shell is working in water more than 7,000 feet deep. The well was being drilled by the Deepwater Nautilus, according to federal records. That rig is owned and operated by Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon rig.

While a report Shell filed Monday morning with the National Response Center states that the company spilled 7,560 gallons of oil and 5,829 gallons of synthetic drilling fluids, company spokesperson Kelly op de Weegh said late Monday afternoon that no oil was spilled.

“Shell can confirm it has a loss of (13,398 gallons) of drilling fluid from a booster line, which provides additional drilling fluids and is separate from the wellbore itself,” read an emailed statement op de Weegh sent Monday afternoon. “The leak was isolated, stopped and remedial action has been approved… which includes temporarily abandoning the well, pulling the riser and making appropriate repairs.” …

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