Newfoundland Coast Polluted With 250,000 Liters Of Crude Oil After Spill

Oil spills definitely aren't a thing of the past. This devastating pollution is a continued threat to our coasts.

An estimated 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of crude spilled from the SeaRose FPSO, a floating production, storage and offloading vessel, in the White Rose oil and gas field off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.

Husky Energy, the operator responsible, said the spill happened on Friday when the SeaRose FPSO “experienced a loss of pressure” in an oil flowline, according to the Canadian Press.

The incident occurred while Husky was preparing to restart production that was halted on Thursday due to bad weather.

Federal-provincial regulators said Sunday “there is no reason to believe … that this is an ongoing spill, and it is believed to be a ‘batch spill.'”

However, Natural Resources Minister Siobhan Coady told CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show Monday there is no way to be sure that the leak has been contained, as poor weather conditions and rough seas have made it impossible to send remotely operated underwater vehicles to take stock of the damage.

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