The regulator of the offshore oil industry in Newfoundland and Labrador is reporting that 40 litres of crude oil contained in discharged water was spilled this week off the Terra Nova oil production platform.
A report on the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board website says the crude oil was in a “produced water discharge.”
The posting on Friday evening said the spill from the Suncor-operated platform occurred on Wednesday.
A spokesman from the offshore petroleum board says that the oily water produced by drilling is normally discharged into the ocean.
Sean Kelly said that due to a problem with a separation unit on the platform more oil was in the discharged water than is permitted under regulatory limits.
“It was a relatively minor incident in the scheme of things, but we don’t like seeing any spills,” he said.