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Shell says it is fighting a leaking flow line in North Sea off Scottish coast

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, August 12, 8:25 PM

AMSTERDAM — Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it is trying to stop oil leaking from a flow line at one of its drilling platforms in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland.

Spokesman David Williams confirmed the leak was ongoing Friday and he referred further questions to a company statement. Shell said it cannot specify how much oil may have escaped, but it knows which line had the leak and the flow has been stemmed as the underwater well has been shut in and the line at the Gannet Alpha platform is being de-pressurized.

Shell said it has a remote-controlled vehicle searching for the leak. Meanwhile, a plane is monitoring the surface, and a vessel with cleanup equipment is at the spot.

Gannet is located 110 miles (180 kilometers) east of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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