Guardian: The gas leak (so far uncontrolled), is from a gas pocket 2.5 miles underground. Oil company Total believes it has found the source of the gas leak from its North Sea platform, as it sent two fire-fighting vessels to the scene.
The French corporation said it had found the leak in a gas pocket in a rock formation 4km (2.5 miles) below the seabed but 1km above the gas reservoir being tapped by the Elgin platform, evacuated last Sunday when the leak was discovered.
In an attempt to quell fears about the risks of explosion from the gas cloud which has settled above the area, it said there were now fire-fighting ships on standby at the edge of the 2.3 mile exclusion zone. Marine experts are alarmed about the dangers of the gas cloud being ignited by a flare still burning on the platform, about 100 metres from the leak, if the wind changes direction.
Source of North Sea gas leak found, says Total – Guardian News – 29th March 2012 -http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/29/north-sea-oil-gas-leak-source-found?newsfeed=true