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Shell Spills 200 Tons of Oil in the North Sea

"We are deeply worried that we still know far too little about the environmental impact of the spill, how it could impact wildlife, and the scale of the threat."

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"We are also in contact with RSPB and other environmental agencies," said Cayley. "We will be sharing our latest estimates with them as well as what we know about the nature of the oil, and the monitoring of wildlife."

Director of RSPB Scotland Stuart Housden said, "We must ensure that those involved are equipped with all the necessary information in order to take the appropriate course of action. Communication and sharing knowledge is key at this stage."

"RSPB Scotland is ready and willing to offer its advice on how best to protect seabirds at risk, but we cannot do this without monitoring by the relevant agencies and sharing the details of what this monitoring has shown," Housden said.

Environmental groups across the UK faulted Shell for its lack of transparency. Juliet Swann, head of campaigns at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said, "We are deeply worried that we still, even five days after the leak was detected, know far too little about the environmental impact of the spill, how it could impact wildlife, and the scale of the threat to Scotland's coastal communities and the marine environment that they rely on for their income."

"It is Shell's responsibility to keep the public and stakeholders informed, especially in a crisis such as this, but I fear the longer we wait to hear about what is really happening from Shell, the more chance there is that we will never actually know the truth as Shell's PR machine goes into overdrive," said Swann.

Greenpeace UK has also expressed concern about the lack of information about the spill coming from Shell.

The Gannet oil field reportedly produced about 13,500 barrels of oil per day between January and April of this year. The field is co-owned half-and-half by Shell and Esso, a subsidiary of U.S. oil firm Exxon, and is operated by Shell.

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