U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs
Coast Guard, federal agencies responding to offshore oil spill
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to the report of a crude oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Four over flights were conducted throughout Saturday and have identified no
additional visible oil. The previously reported sheens have dissipated.
The Coast Guard and the responsible party are continuing to evaluate
trajectory models to identify the potential location of any surface oil or
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the National Response
Center at 1:30 p.m., Friday of a discharge from a damaged pipeline
associated with a subsea well approximately 40 miles southeast of Venice,
LA. The pipeline, which is operated by LLOG Exploration, has been
LLOG exploration reported that the volume of oil released is estimated to be
between 7,950 to 9,350 barrels (or 333,900 and
392,700 gallons). Initial overflights identified three light sheens
in the vicinity.
Two response vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill
Response Corporation are on scene. The Coast Guard and contract
aircraft are continuing to conduct overflights of the area.
The Coast Guard is coordinating with the responsible party, the Bureau of
Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to locate and respond to any oil that reaches
the surface. Initial trajectory models calculated by the responsible
party and NOAA indicate that any surface oil is expected to move in a
southwesterly direction and is not expected to impact the shoreline.