Leak shuts Exxon Mobil platform in Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON Mon Jan 3, 2011 2:19pm EST

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - An Exxon Mobil oil and gas production platform in Gulf of Mexico block West Delta 73 has been shut due to a small leak, a filing with the U.S. National Response Center said Monday.

The leak was described as a "pinhole" leak in a fuel scrubber that caused a discharge of about 5 gallons of natural gas condensate into the Gulf, creating a mile-long sheen.

An Exxon Mobil spokesman was unable to comment immediately on the report.

(Reporting by Janet McGurty; Writing by Bruce Nichols)

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