Divers identify broken pipeline as source of Gulf oil spill

Hurricane Ida Environmental Hazards
Posted at 7:17 PM, Sep 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-05 22:17:57-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divers at the site of an ongoing oil spill that appeared in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida have identified the apparent source as a one-foot diameter pipeline displaced from a trench on the ocean floor and broken open.

The Houston-based company currently paying for the cleanup, Talos Energy, said in a statement that the busted pipeline does not belong to them.

Two 95-foot response vessels remain on location at the spill attempting to contain and recover oil from the water’s surface.

The Associated Press first reported Wednesday that aerial photos showed a miles-long brown and black oil slick spreading about two miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.