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#Oil Leak

# oil-leak - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

ESB failed to report 48 cases of underground cables leaking 'hazardous' oil

Approximately 177km of fluid-filled cables remain in service in Ireland.

# oil-leak - Tuesday 16 August, 2011

Second leak discovered as North Sea oil spill is the 'worst for a decade'

The oil spill from a Shell platform is estimated to be the worst in ten years in the North Sea.

# oil-leak - Saturday 13 August, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know this morning…

# oil-leak - Monday 19 July, 2010

BP ENGINEERS monitoring the oil spill have detected methane seeping into the ocean floor – suggesting that there are problems with the new cap applied to the site of the spill last week.

The presence of methane suggests that there may be a fresh spring of oil leaking out nearby.

Late last night the US government official in charge of the repair works, Thad Allen, wrote to BP demanding that it outline plans on how to reopen the newly-installed cap so as to full oil to the surface.

BP suggests that the process would take three days, however, but has declined to officially comment.

As we reported yesterday, there had been concerns when the Longford-made cap was installed that the pressure levels in the underground Maconda oil well were lower than anticipated.

The low pressure meant that either BP had over-estimated the total quantity of the Maconda well, under-estimated the quantity of oil being leaked through it, 0r the complete plugging of the leak has caused another minor one to spring elsewhere.

It would now appear that the latter possibility has been feared true, orl that the cap itself is not fully halting the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The events are undoubtedly cause for concern for American leaders and will be a topic of conversation when Barack Obama meets British prime minister David Cameron in Washington on Tuesday.