Another Massive Oil Spill Hits Gulf Of Mexico
"On Thursday, the Coast Guard reported that the amount of oil discharged from a damaged pipeline 40 miles offshore of Venice, Louisiana was significantly more than initially reported. The pipeline, operated by LLOG Exploration at its Delta House well site, was secured upon discovery of the leak. The spill is still not expected to reach shore.
On Wednesday, LLOG reported a revised estimated volume of unaccounted-for oil to the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, based on additional data. These new calculations indicate that the total volume of oil discharged could be as much as 16,000 barrels (nearly 700,000 gallons), rather than the 9,000 barrels initially reported.
To date, the impact of the spill appears to be minimal. Multiple over flights, remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections and water column samples have not detected any oil. In the event that any significant amounts should reach the surface, skimming vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation remain on standby.”*
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