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In Total North Sea gas leak, comparisons to Gulf oil spill inevitable

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, April 9, 3:38 PM

PARIS — Oil giant Total has moved to reassure investors and environmental activists over the past week that the financial and environmental damage from its gas leak in the North Sea would be limited, a task made more difficult by comparisons to BP’s handling of a catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico nearly two years ago. Initial data showed that the leak from Total’s platform in the Elgin gas field 150 miles (250 kilometers) off the coast of Scotland — which was first detected March 25 — was pouring out about 7 million cubic feet (200,000 cubic meters) of natural gas each day. On Friday, the company said the rate of the leak appeared to have slowed but had no new figure.

In a conference call to analysts and reporters last week, Total Chief Financial Officer Patrick de La Chevardiere appealed to those listening to avoid comparisons between the Elgin leak and the Gulf spill at BP’s Macondo well.

“While we understand that comparisons to Macondo are inevitable, we would like to state clearly that the situations are very different,” he said. “There is no crude oil involved here and therefore the current impact on and risks for the environment are relatively low.” read more

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North Sea spills on the rise

Professor Andrew Watterson, the head of the occupational and environmental health research group at the University of Stirling, accused companies of playing down “the potentially catastrophic consequences” of gas and oil leaks. “

Karrie Gillett: MONDAY 09 2012

Sixty-nine oil and chemical spills in the North Sea have been reported in three months. Eighteen companies were named in a table published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The most recent incident was a gas leak at Total’s Elgin platform on 25 March.

Professor Andrew Watterson, the head of the occupational and environmental health research group at the University of Stirling, accused companies of playing down “the potentially catastrophic consequences” of gas and oil leaks. “These are very worrying figures that cannot be slicked over by government agencies and industry,” he said. He blamed “corporate failures” for polluting the sea, and pointed out that the number of reported chemical leaks had more than doubled since 2005. read more

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Elgin Leak

COMMENT BY A NORTH SEA PLATFORM EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION EXPERT

John,

Something is very strange about the Elgin well head platform and the subsequent leak.  The media has made so much speculation that has little or no technical sense whatsoever.  The attached is a scan of the wellhead itself as published in the Aberdeen Press and journal on Saturday.

What you can see is the well casing and small holes in that casing, where gas and lots of what looks like wax, can be seen on the surrounding area.  I have not seen the well construction data but clearly the holes are part of the original design but exactly what function they have and for what purpose is only known to the in-house Total Engineers. read more

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