Water contamination news: NORTH SEA: Elgin gas leak.

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North sea: Elgin gas leak

Alan Cole | March 29, 2012 |  Shared as an education material

Gas leak and flame raises environmental/safety concerns

Greenpeace is issuing warnings as a flame continues to burn on a leaking gas rig in the North Sea…
On Sunday Total, the energy company responsible for the gas rig, reported the leak following a well operation…

The leak on the Elgin gas field in the UK North Sea is approximately 240 km east of Aberdeen, Scotland.
A flame is burning on the top of the rig above a leaking cloud of methane gas below it…

Total launched emergency procedures once the leak was identified and 238 personnel were evacuated onshore with no injuries reported…

Production on the Elgin, Franklin and West Franklin fields was fully stopped.
As Total has struggled to eliminate the leak Greenpeace has been amongst the first environmental charities to react…

Greenpeace says the incident is yet another reminder that facilities such as gas as well as oil platforms cannot be operated with any certainty of safety. The leaking gas and nearby flame has led to concerns from Greenpeace activists who are warning of the dangers of environmental damage and a potential gigantic explosion in the North Sea.

The release of methane could be harmful to the environment with substantial amounts of carbon dioxide potentially released into the atmosphere, if the leak is sustained…

Greenpeace says the Elgin gas leak is a reminder of the environmental and safety risks associated with the oil and gas industry and confirms the need for greater investment in green alternatives.
The environmental charity identifies that the latest leak is also a warning to the general public that there are always risks of disasters with offshore oil and gas exploration…

The charity’s spokespersons including Greenpeace energy spokeswoman Vicky Wyatt have been highlighting the incident to draw attention to concerns for pollution and safety in the North Sea but also in the Arctic where Shell plans this year to commence drilling … with fears that a major oil spill there would be catastrophic for the precious Arctic environment.

If a leak can occur in a relatively benign environment like the North Sea that only exposes the dangers of the energy industry’s plans to explore more remote and environmentally important landscapes like the Arctic … where disaster recovery would be harder to achieve with lack of access to infrastructure…

Meanwhile Total says all necessary measures in the North Sea are being taken to respond appropriately to the situation and to minimise its impact. Investigations are ongoing… Similarly Shell has stated it is taking steps to pursue safe, environmentally conscious explorations in the Arctic.

Greenpeace and other environmental charities have been calling for energy companies to step up their investment in renewable energy including wind, wave and solar power to safeguard the environment and protect people from potential harm…

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