Crews Fight to Contain New Leak Near Gulf of Mexico
Updated: 1 hour 16 minutes ago
Carl Franzen Contributor
AOL News Surge Desk
(July 27) -- Not again! A new oil leak has hit the Gulf Coast today
after a small boat collided with a wellhead in Bayou St. Dennis, just
north of ecologically diverse Barataria Bay, La. There were no
reported injuries, but morale in nearby Jefferson Parish, where oil
from BP's well has already caused extensive environmental and
commercial damage, is unsurprisingly not good.
"We cannot catch a break," Jefferson Parish Emergency Management
Director Deano Bonano said in a message to fellow officials, reports
WDSU. "We have no estimate at this time of the volume of oil [of the
The collision reportedly took place overnight, but local and federal
emergency workers are still struggling to control a geyser of oil
and/or natural gas said to be spewing 20 feet into the air, according
to Fox News. The area has been evacuated save for response crews.
Other boats attempting to use the waterway are being diverted a mile
away from the site, reports WWLTV.
Jefferson Parish officials have not yet identified which company owns
the wellhead, but a BP spokesman tells Surge Desk that he is "not
aware of any connection" between the new leak and his company, as all
of the BP developments in the gulf are in deep water, and the new
incident took place closer to shore. A parish spokesperson declined to
comment for this story, but a press conference on the situation has
been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. local time.
UPDATE 5:30 pm: Jefferson Parish Public Information Officer Patricia
Borne issued a statement identifying the owner of the well as Cedyco
Corp. out of Houston. The wellhead is leaking "mostly natural gas with
light oil mixed in," and the resulting geyser is a whopping 100 feet
high, not 20 as previously reported. The Coast Guard has taken control
of the situation and is monitoring the air for "dangerous levels of
contamination." Both Jefferson Parish and Surge Desk have attempted to
contact Cedyco to no avail.
More: Check out images of the 100-ft. tall plume and the new oil
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