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Oil sheen spotted offshore came from Hibernia oil platform, company confirms

An oil sheen spotted Wednesday morning in the North Atlantic came from the nearby Hibernia offshore oil platform, the company has confirmed.

The sheen, initially estimated to be 20 metres by 900 metres in size, is being monitored and is dissipating, said a news release from Hibernia Management and Development Company (HMDC).

The platform is about 315 kilometres southeast of St. John's.

The company pointed to a leak of oil and water, discharged from a storage cell Wednesday morning, as the culprit.

It called the discharge an "isolated activity" and said the oil platform is still operating. No one was injured.

The amount leaked is not yet known, as HMDC said it's working to determine the volume.

HMDC said it has been mechanically dispersing the oil mix, as well as using sorbent booms to soak up discharge from the ocean surface.

HMDC has notified the Newfoundland and Labrador government of the incident, as well as the offshore regulating body the C-NLOPB and other stakeholders.

In 2017, HMDC had to pay $250,000 in connection with an oil spill at the platform, that occurred in 2013.

The offshore oil platform was the province's first, and started producing oil in 1997. It had produced 1 billion barrels of oil by 2016.

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