Oil sheen in Gulf of Mexico triggers spill response: Shell

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Posted: Apr 11, 2012 7:08 PM
Oil sheen in Gulf of Mexico triggers spill response: Shell

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An oil sheen spotted near Royal Dutch Shell platforms in the central Gulf of Mexico has caused the company to send a spill response vessel and seek aircraft overflights, a Shell spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The source of the one-mile by 10-mile sheen between Shell's Mars and Ursa projects is unknown and not linked to the facilities, but Shell is responding "proactively," a company statement said.

(Reporting by Bruce Nichols; editing by Carol Bishopric)