The oil spill is several kilometers.
6. Sep 2021 at 7:35 TASR
WASHINGTON. Divers have discovered a damaged oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, apparently responsible for the oil spill that appeared after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. The AP agency informed about it.
The American company Talos Energy, which is currently paying for the cleaning of this ever-growing oil spill, announced on Sunday in a statement that the damaged pipeline does not belong to it.
Talos Energy is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and other federal agencies to determine who owns the pipeline. In addition to the aforementioned oil pipeline, which has a diameter of approximately 30 centimeters, divers also discovered two smaller open pipes with a diameter of 10 centimeters. However, they are apparently decommissioned and it is not clear from the company’s statement whether oil is leaking from them, writes AP.
Last week, the AP agency reported on Wednesday aerial images showing a several-kilometer-long oil slick about three kilometers south of the port of Port Fourchon in the US state of Louisiana.
According to Talos Energy, the flow of oil leaking into the ocean has slowed significantly over the last 48 hours. According to the pictures, the oil slick is only found in the sea and has not yet hit the Louisiana coast. It is not yet known how many liters of oil leaked, but according to satellite images from Saturday, the stain is more than 19 kilometers long, writes AP.
In addition, as a result of Hurricane Ida, floodwaters hit an oil refinery on the Mississippi River south of the Louisiana city of New Orleans, causing a hitherto unknown amount of oil to leak, the AP added.
Hurricane Ida weakened during a tropical storm on Monday, August 30, over the US state of Mississippi. This happened hours after the state of Louisiana struck as one of the strongest recorded hurricanes in US history. Rainfall and floods have killed at least 50 people, Reuters reported.
More than a million households and businesses in the US state of Louisiana were initially left without power due to power line damage. Entergy, a company that supplies electricity to New Orleans, is asking for patience from customers. There are more than 25,000 workers in the field from 40 US states trying to repair 14,000 damaged power lines and 2,200 transformers.