Image courtesy of Royal Dutch Shell.

More than 2,000 barrels of oil were spilled on Thursday at a Shell operated site in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said it is responding to a two mile by thirteen mile sheen in the Gulf of Mexico, 97 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Shell Offshore Inc. reported that a sheen was observed near its Glider Field, a group of four subsea wells located in Green Canyon Block 248.

Production from the four wells flows through a subsea manifold to Shell’s Brutus platform, located in 2,900 feet of water.

Shell reported that production from all wells that flow to the Brutus platform have been shut-in.

No injuries have been reported and no personnel have been evacuated.

The BSEE estimated on Thursday that the total subsea release from the four wells was 2,100 barrels of oil.

Image courtesy of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

A BSEE inspector conducted an overflight of the area and is currently on location at the Brutus platform.

Shell told NBC News that no drilling occurs at the site.

“No release is acceptable, and safety remains our priority as we respond to this incident,” Shell told NBC.

The BSEE will lead the incident investigation.


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