About 95 metric tons of oil leaked into the North Sea on Sunday from BP’s Clair platform, and it will be left in the ocean. BP says the oil is moving away from land and dispersing naturally, but the spill is a reminder that accidents happen as more oil development is eyed for the Arctic.Oil slick visible from spill off BP Clair platform in the North Sea.Maritime and Coastguard AgencyIn what BP called a “technical issue,” oil was released into the North Sea, located about 46 miles, west of the Shetland Islands. BP shut down the oil rig and said it is investigating the accident.
There are many platforms that are leaking. Matt Simmons once wrote that there had been so much activity in the gulf that the sea floor had cracked and there were many leaks.