Denmark's Maersk leaking oil in North Sea

10:09, June 24, 2010      

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A pump accident at a Maersk oil rig is causing oil to leak out in the North Sea water of Denmark. The Danish energy producer, Dong, is currently deploying float blocks in order to curb the spill, the Danish news agency Ritzau reported Wednesday.

The oil spill is currently 130 cubic meters and is covering an area of six square kilometers. 10 percent of the oil is so thick that it can be collected.

The Danish Naval operational command has sent out an environmental scout plane to help guide Dong with the collection of the spilled oil.

The oil spill is however under control according to Juliane Albjerg, head of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, who in a press release said that the spill is currently stopped.

"We estimate that the oil does not reach the coast. Now Dong is collecting as much of the spilled oil up as possible. The rest we expect evaporate in the clear weather," Albjerg said.

The Environmental Agency explains that one reason for the spill could have been that there has been used a different pump than the one normally used.

Source: Xinhua


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