Threat From North Sea Oil Leak
The biggest oil leak in the North Sea for years is posing a serious threat to sea birds in the region. The leak, which began last Wednesday at the Gannet Alpha production platform 100 miles off Aberdeen, was "under control", a Shell UK spokesman said yesterday, but had not been completely halted. The leak is the most serious since the year 2000. Stuart Housden, Director of RSPB Scotland said: "Oil of any amount… can have a devastating impact on marine life. Currently thousands of young sea birds such as razorbills, puffins and guillemots, are flightless and dispersing widely in the North Sea during late summer. So they could be at serious risk if contaminated by this spill."