Around 10,500 liters of petroleum leaked into the ocean from an offshore oil and gas well in Australia and its oil regulator chose not to disclose the spill until now. The details regarding the location and company behind the spill are still a secret.
The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority’s annual offshore performance report, released this week, included a brief mention of the spill. It revealed the leak had been identified by a remotely-operated vehicle during routine maintenance in April 2016 and was caused by a seal degradation.
The leak went on for up to 60 days and spilled oil at a rate of up to 175 liters a day. But Nopsema declined to reveal exactly where the spill occurred or the company involved, only that it occurred in the North West Shelf off the coast of Western Australia.