New oil disaster highlights US Gulf risks

Posted: December 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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With oil spread across 356 square miles about to reach Nigeria’s coasline from a 7 million deepwater spill December 20, experts are concerned that popular “no-platform” systems present new risks for massive, sudden spills in other waters, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Nigeria’s chief spill cleanup official called Tuesday’s spill from a Shell Oil Bongo field production storage and offloading, (FPSO) the country’s worst in a decade.

Wired.com reported that this “no platform” technology was to have been used in a Petrobras Gulf operation curtailed due to an accident and that it might be used more frequently. It was developed for shallow waters but is “enormously popular” in the industry, the news service reported.

More on the spill from BBC News.

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