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Coast Guard: vessels pick up oil from Shell oil spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Vessels continued to skim oil off the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday after about 88,200 gallons of oil were released from a Shell flow line about 90 miles off the coast of Louisiana.

Shell said in a news release that oil is not expected to reach the shoreline. The company said the sheen is moving in a western direction. The company also said the spill has not caused fishing grounds to be closed.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the spill has not injured wildlife. The agency said five skimmers had recovered about 23,800 gallons of oily water.

The oil leaked Thursday from a flow line at Shell’s operations in the Glider Field of the Green Canyon. The company said plans on how to remove the flow line are being developed.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the agency that oversees offshore drilling, is investigating what caused the leak.

Shell said BSEE has approved the company’s plans to resume production at its Brutus platform using direct vertical access wells.

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