The US Coast Guard said that after Hurricane Ida, a large-scale oil spill was taking place in the Gulf of Mexico.
The US Coast Guard said that cleanup crews are responding to a large-scale oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida, and a private diving team will dive underwater to find the source of the spill.
US Coast Guard spokesman Lieutenant John Edwards said on Saturday that the non-profit oil spill response cooperation organization Clean Gulf Association has set up a containment boom in the area to prevent further oil spread.
The company’s ships also operate oil skimmers that can remove oil from the water, although only about 42 gallons (approximately 160 liters) of oil have been removed so far.
The ongoing leak appears to come from an underwater source at an offshore drilling lease about 2 miles (3 kilometers) south of Port Fulchion, Louisiana, where the oil and gas center is located.
So far, more and more leaks appear to be still at sea and have not affected the Louisiana coastline.
There is no estimate of how much oil is in the water, but the most recent satellite image reviewed by the Associated Press on Saturday appeared to show that the oil slick drifted eastward along the Gulf Coast for more than 12 miles (19 kilometers).
Edwards said the response team is monitoring reports and satellite imagery to determine the scope of emissions.
He said that the source of the pollution is located in the Mashan Bay of Zone 4, which is believed to be crude oil from an undersea pipeline owned by Talos Energy.
Brian L Grove, a spokesperson for the Houston-based energy company, said that although the company believes it is not responsible for the oil in the water, it has hired Clean Gulf Associates to respond to the spill.
On Sunday, Talos will also dispatch a team of divers to determine the source of the leak.
The company said in a statement: “Talos will continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to determine the source of the release and coordinate a successful response.” “The company’s first priority is the safety and security of all personnel. The protection of the public and the environment.”
Once the source is determined, the Coast Guard said it will develop a recovery and source control plan.
The Bay Marchand oil spill is one of dozens of reported environmental hazards that regulators are responding to in Louisiana and the Gulf after Hurricane Ida.
The Category 4 storm is one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the Gulf Coast of the United States.
Last Sunday, it landed in Louisiana and destroyed the entire community.