Washington Divers at the site of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ida have determined that the likely source of the leak is a broken 30-centimeter (one-foot) diameter pipe that has ruptured. A moat at the bottom of the sea.
Houston-based Talos Energy, the Houston-based company paying for the cleanup, said in a statement Sunday night that the damaged pipe did not belong to him.
The firm said it works with the Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to coordinate the response and identify the owner of the affected pipeline.
Two additional 10-centimeter (four-inch) diameter pipes that were also identified in the area are open and apparently abandoned. The company did not say whether oil had leaked from the two smaller pipelines, but satellite images reviewed by the Associated Press on Saturday showed at least three oil slicks in the same area, the largest of which was 19 km. was spread over. (11.8 mi) along the Gulf Coast to the east.
The AP was the first outlet to report Wednesday that aerial photos showed a brown and black oil slick several kilometers south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) south.
Talos noted that the amount of oil visible on the surface has dropped significantly over the past 48 hours and that no more heavy black crude was seen in the past.
So far the rising oil layer appears to have remained in the ocean without affecting the Louisiana coast. How much oil was in the sea has not yet been calculated.
The Coast Guard said on Saturday that its response team is monitoring satellite images and reports to determine the extent of the spill, located in Block 4 of Marchand Bay. According to the company, Talos previously leased Block 5, but stopped production there in 2017, closing wells and removing all pipeline infrastructure in 2019.