Shell Must Cease Production at 3 Sites in Gulf Due to Leak

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In response to a spill that shut down two pipelines, Shell and Chevron both said on Thursday that they had stopped oil production at multiple sites in the Gulf of Mexico.

Three deepwater platforms were closed by Shell. Shell said it is "coordinating with local authorities and mobilizing personnel and equipment to assess the situation” in a statement that was supplied to CNN.

A leak at the Fourchon booster station has caused the shut down of its Mars and Amberjack Pipelines, according to the company. Shell's platforms on Mars, Ursa, and Olympus were shut down due to the outage.

According to Shell, the combined output from these three sites in 2021 was 202,000 barrels per day. Almost 12 million barrels of oil are produced daily in the US.

The company’s “top priorities remain the protection of people, the community, the environment, and our assets,” according to a statement from Shell. However, the company said it is looking at “alternative flow paths.”