Terra Nova oil platform reports spill of 40 litres of oil in discharged water

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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.

Organizations: Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board

Geographic location: Terra Nova, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Jane
    April 27, 2013 - 14:55

    It's interesting to note that here we are almost 20 days later and people are still reporting oiled animals, and the coast guard is now looking for a "spill" site in to Fogo Island area. Perhaps this "40 litres" was actually a whole heck of a lot more than Terra Nova are admitting to. Why exactly is this barely being covered? The damage that can and IS being done to not only sea life, but animal life as well, thanks to these harbingers of disaster, is completely unacceptable. When will people start waking up to the fact that if the ocean dies WE DIE? Bloody hell, this isn't complicated. We're killing off species in the oceans at a SICKENING rate, we're killing off micro-organisms needed for the survival of numerous species which all comes back to OUR survival, but still - because the almighty buck speaks louder than anything - we ignore the damage these companies continue to cause on our ecosystems. We, quite frankly, will deserve the end when it comes.

  • DrillingMaps.com
    April 08, 2013 - 16:31

    We have added this oil spill location to http://www.drillingmaps.com

  • Bony M
    April 08, 2013 - 15:02

    My god my last dump was 40 litres, this has gone way to far, maybe you should have said it was 40 billion micro millilitres and really got some world attention. Please tell me it wasn't Canadian oil apparently that stuff is worse then, dead baby oil/women have no rights oil and 3rd world I give a crap about the environment oil all rolled up into one. Enough already.

  • Dale Ofstadt
    April 08, 2013 - 13:24

    Just imagine the real volume; admitting to 40 litres is akin to Minister Marshall's budget projections; they're both so far off that any degree of credibility cannot be measured.

  • Pissed Off Teen
    April 08, 2013 - 12:46

    Is this a joke ? Just a few days ago the telegram aired an aricle about duck hunters in fogo seeing oliled birds and that must be only a small fraction of what must of been affected..... So now The regulator of the offshore oil industry in Newfoundland and Labrador comes out and says OHHHH yeah.....about that. They say "40 liters" but in reality the general public will never know the actual amount. ALSO Newfoundland & Labrador is the only province in Canada that does not have a desnigated facility where oiled birds can be treated. Just another newfie joke waiting to happen.

    • Hmmm
      April 08, 2013 - 19:03

      There is actually a sea bird washing facility in the province. I once worked for one of the Operators.

  • david
    April 08, 2013 - 12:42

    So 40 litres of oil directly into the ocean at the world's most famous fish incubator won't get the attention that a spill of slightly bigger size on frozen Minnesota tundra did. Why? Because the Sierra Club only gets media coverage and donations and fulfillls their hypocritical egos by promoting "the evil oilsands" mania, that's why. Besides, Americans and Vancouverites knowledge and "care" for Newfoundland ---- as part of the precious World eco-system they so dearly love ------ begins and ends with the word "seal". Hypocrites and charlatans.