The Canadian Press reports, “Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore regulator is investigating the leak of 6,000 litres (about 50 barrels) of crude oil from the Hibernia platform — one of the largest spills recorded in the region since 1997.”
“The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board says the Hibernia Management and Development Company reported that the leak happened from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1.”
The original estimate of the spill was 10 litres.
Daily Business Buzz adds, “The offshore regulator is investigating the problems at Hibernia and may yet revise the company’s estimate on total oil spilled, according to CNLOPB spokesman Sean Kelly.”
The Hibernia offshore oil platform – owned by Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Suncor – is located about 315 kilometres east-southeast of St. John’s, Newfoundland in about 80 metres of ocean water. It is allowed to produce about 220,000 barrels of crude oil a day mostly for export to the United States.
Hibernia platform leaking crude oil