Vessel strikes inactive wellhead, causing oil spill

Vessel strikes inactive wellhead, causing oil spill

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Vessel strikes inactive wellhead, causing oil spill

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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 18 at 7:43 AM

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NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a vessel striking an inactive wellhead, which apparently led to an oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur, according to the United States Coast Guard.

The incident occurred Wednesday morning about nine miles south of Port Sulphur.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report that the 42-foot crew boat, Sea Raider, allided with the wellhead owned by Swift Energy around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but the amount is unknown, according to the USCG.

Swift said the well head had been shut down and inactive since 2007.

The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies as well as the responsible party, Swift Energy, to secure the well and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking.

The USCG is investigating the cause.

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