According to Shell, this spill occurred during the transfer of oil from the FPSO to a tanker. Oil from the FPSO was being pumped into the tanker. Or as it turns out, was being pumped into the water. So here are the questions:
- How long does it take the workers onboard to notice that, hey Houston, we've got a problem here?
- How long does it take to shut off that pump?
- How long would it take to pump 1.7 million gallons of oil into the water?
Nigerian authorities are predicting that oil will begin to come ashore this afternoon.