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1 New Leak Found on Gulf Coast on Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:46 pm


New Leak Found on Gulf Coast
July 27, 2010 - 12:48 PM | by: Jonathan Serrie
The Coast Guard is responding to a new oil leak on the Gulf Coast.

This spill involves a well in a portion of Barataria Bay known as Mud Lake, near Bayou St. Dennis about 10 miles south of Lafitte, Louisiana.

Although this latest spill is unrelated to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, it's blocking vessels of opportunity based in Lafitte from accessing the Gulf, as officials assess air quality and other health and safety issues at the site. (Boats staged in other areas are unaffected).

"It's apparent that some type of vessel has hit the well head, has laid it over," said Donald Nalty, COO of oil spill cleanup contractor ES&H, who just returned from a flyover of the site in single engine seaplane. "It's probably about a four inch casing and it's spewing out oil and natural gas."

Nalty said the oil was coming out as a mist and was dusting nearby marshes.

2 Re: New Leak Found on Gulf Coast on Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:27 pm


Tug vessel hits abandoned gas well in Barataria Waterway

by Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News

Posted on July 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM
Updated today at 5:57 PM

JEFFERSON, La. -- The Coast Guard and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office are maintaining a two mile safety perimeter around a damaged wellhead in the Barataria Waterway south of New Orleans.

A mix of natural gas, contaminated water and light crude oil is spewing 100 feet in the air.

According to the Coast Guard, the tug vessel Pere Ana C while pushing a dredge barge struck the abandoned wellhead around one Tuesday morning.

"The issue for the region right now is we have gas coming out of an uncontrolled well head," said Coast Guard Captain John Arenstam. "We don't want to introduce into the region is an ignition source."

The accident happened halfway between Lafitte and Grand Isle, near the very same water polluted by the BP oil spill.

The well belongs to the now defunct Cedyco Corporation of Houston, Texas. It's one of the many so called "orphaned wells-heads" spread across Barataria Bay.

"This is something that could happen at any time out there," said Jefferson Parish Councilman Elton Lagasse. "There are thousands of these wells just sitting out there, some of them lit, some of them not lit. Just as the Coast Guard says, once they're abandoned, nobody cares about them."

The safety perimeter around the well site prevented some oil spill response vessels from the BP spill from getting back on the water.

"The waterway is shut down," said Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts. "It's going to have some complications for us trying to re-stage assets."

Crews deployed about 6000 feet of oil containment boom on the nearby waterways.

Gov. Bobby Jindal flew over the well site on his way to Grand Isle.

"This well is close to important marshes in Barataria Bay, so its important that the well be cut off as quickly as possible, the oil be contained and cleaned up as quickly as possible," Jindal said.

"We are fortunate to have the resources in place from Deepwater Horizon response and we were able to access those resources quickly," said Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry.

A wild well company was expected to reach the well site Tuesday evening. It is expected to take one to two days to cap the leak.

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