WASHINGTON – Divers at an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have pointed to an open source that a one-foot-diameter pipeline has been left open and broken by a trench on the seabed.
Tevus Energy, a Houston-based company that is currently paying for the cleanup, said in a statement Sunday evening that it did not own the broken pipeline.
The company said it was working with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to coordinate the response and identify the owner of the broken pipeline.
Two additional 4-inch pipelines were also identified in the area that have been left open and apparently unoccupied. The company’s statement did not specify whether oil was leaking from two small pipelines, but satellite images reviewed by the Associated Press on Saturday showed at least three different slacks in the same area. The largest flows more than a dozen miles to the east. Gulf Coast
The AP first reported Wednesday that aerial images showed a brown and black oil spout about a mile long, about 2 miles south of Port Fortune, Louisiana. The broken pipe is in relatively shallow water with a depth of about 34 feet.
Talus said the level of oil on the surface has dropped dramatically in the last 48 hours and no new heavy black crude has been seen in the last day.
So far, the outbreak appears to have spread to the sea and has had no effect on Louisiana’s coast. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
The Coast Guard said Saturday that its response teams are monitoring reports and satellite imagery to determine the scope of the evacuation, which is located in Bay March, Block 4. By 2019, the well and all pipeline infrastructure had been removed, according to the company.
The area where the spill is located has been used for oil and gas extraction for decades. Federal leasing maps show that it includes old pipelines, connected wells and abandoned platforms, as well as the use of new infrastructure.
With oil sources unclear, Talus hired Clean Gulf Associates to respond to the scandal. Clean Gulf, a non-profit oil spill response cooperative that works with the energy exploration and production industry, has had two 95-foot ships at the site since Wednesday after efforts to control and restore the raw water. Are
Bay Marchchand Spill is one of dozens of reported environmental hazards and federal regulators are tracking in Louisiana and the Gulf after a Category 4 hurricane that landed at Port Fortune a week ago.
The area is a major manufacturing hub for the US petrochemical industry.
The AP also reported Wednesday for the first time on images from a national environmental and marine survey that showed widespread flooding and petroleum in the vast Philips 66 Alliance refinery on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans. Was visible
Following the publication of the photos by the AP, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday commissioned a specially designed survey aircraft to fly over the refinery, as well as other industrial sites in the area that were hit by the hurricane. 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour) were most affected by winds and storm surges. .
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said a state diagnostic team sent to Alliance Refinery saw a heavy oil spill being solved with booms and absorbent pads. A levy was broken to protect the plant, allowing floodwaters to flow during the storm and then return as the surge subsided.
State environmental officials said no estimate was yet available on how much oil was spilled from the Philips 66 refinery.