Shell shuts Gulf drilling rig after fluid leak
Royal Dutch Shell says it has shut down a drilling rig off the coast of Alabama after about 7,600 gallons (28,800 liters) of synthetic and biodegradable drilling fluid leaked.
Shell says the leak was not from a well on the ocean floor. That is what happened in the massive 2010 BP oil spill. This drilling site was in the same Mississippi Canyon region as the BP spill and is some 7,300 feet (2,225 meters) deep.
The Coast Guard says the problem was reported Sunday and that the leaking line was connected to a vessel supplying the drilling fluid. It says more than half of the leaking fluid was oil.
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