27 February 2013 23:46 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Coast Guard (USCG) said on Wednesday that less than 840 gals/day of an oily-water mixture is being spilled into Lake Grande Ecaille Bay after a marine vessel collided with a shut-in wellhead at a Swift Energy field in Louisiana on Tuesday night.
“Our responders are aggressively attacking this spill,” said Capt. Peter Gautier, captain of the port for the USCG New Orleans sector. “We’ve quickly mobilised [a] boom to contain [and] skimmers to clean up spilled oil, and operations to plug the well are our top priority. Well control operations will start [Thursday] morning.”
Swift Energy has contracted a barge to secure the wellhead, and response crews have deployed an 1,800-feet boom to contain the mixture, according to the USCG.
Two aircrafts are conducting overflights of the affected area. In addition, two oil-skimming vessels are on scene to conduct cleanup operations, while a USCG Gulf Strike Team has been deployed to help oversee cleanup operations.
Swift Energy said the collision occurred at its Lake Washington field in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
“This collision damaged the integrity of the wellhead and resulted in an outflow of water, oil and natural gas,” the company said. “Swift Energy’s Incident Command Team was activated and responded to the situation during the night.”
No injuries were reported.
The well was shut in January 2008, according to the company’s website.
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