Off the coast of Scotland, at the Elgin natural gas drilling platform, there is a gas leak that the energy company, Total, is trying to ameliorate, but so far, to no avail.
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The potential for a gas explosion at the extraction platform is high, and 240 workers were evacuated from it as a safety precaution.
This may be reminiscent of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (known as the BP oil spill), but that was a liquid oil leak, this is a gas leak that pollutes the atmosphere, rather than water. Also, oil does not explode as natural gas does, and oil forms a layer on top of the water, and prevents the wind from oxygenating the water, which kills marine life by causing hypoxia.
According to Total, the gas leak could run out of gas, but so far, has not showed any sign of doing this.