Leak shuts down BP North Sea oil platform

BP is investigating a leak at its Clair oil platform in the North Sea, which occurred on Sunday morning.

The platform has been closed while the size of the leak and its impact on the environment is being investigated. 

"BP can confirm that a technical issue was reported on its Clair platform at approximately 10am today which resulted in a release of a quantity of oil to sea," a BP spokesman said on Sunday. 

"The Clair platform, which is located 75 kilometres (46 miles) west of Shetland, has been shut down and the release has been stopped. All personnel have been accounted for and there are no injuries." 

BP said it's investigating what technical problems caused the leak and has informed all relevant authorities including the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the industry organisation Oil Spill Response Limited. 

Lang Banks, director of the World Wildlife Fund Scotland said the accident underscores the risks associated with oil and gas extraction in the North Sea. 

"In the interests of protecting the marine environment, it's important that we understand just how much oil has leaked," Banks said. "The platform should certainly not be allowed to restart operations until a full investigation into this incident is completed."  

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