Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell’s European exploration and production activities, called the spill “significant’’ given the amount of oil that generally spills into the North Sea. “We care about the environment and we regret that the spill happened,’’ he said.
Cayley said he believed waves would disperse the oil sheen and the spill was not expected to reach the shore.
It was not clear when the leak began last week. Shell announced it Friday and said it was under control on Saturday.
Cayley said the flow line on the Gannet Alpha platform was now leaking around five barrels a day.
The British government said the leak was small compared with the