Oil Spill Off Louisiana After Boat Hits Old Wellhead
Coast Guard responding
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 27, 2013 11:40 AM CST
An oil spill off Louisiana has the Coast Guard investigating.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A 42-foot boat last night hit a wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico, causing it to leak a blend of oil and water off of the Louisiana coast, the Coast Guard reports. The wellhead is owned by Swift Energy, which says it has been inactive since December 2007. The Coast Guard is investigating the crash as it seeks to halt and clean up the leak. The vessel involved may also have been owned by Swift, a Houston company, Upstream reports.

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A1e8a
Feb 27, 2013 4:25 PM CST
republicons at work, destroying the poor and middle class in service of the rich, fat cats.
nitehawk
Feb 27, 2013 3:34 PM CST
if you think this is bad? just wait until... Well we all know salt water is Corrosive correct?..............There are over 1`000 Capped off drill sites throughout the Gulf ..that were contracted out to be filled with concrete and capped ...Simplicity is the grade of concrete used to make these caps were only spot checked dating back to i believe it was the 1950`s ........... .Take a Look at any eroded pier subjected to salt water n see what salt water does to concrete whos to say thesesites were even examined for the proper slump of concrete used............. even if so Mother Nature will always prevail Whether If it`s in our lifetime or the next generation or the next The Gulf of mexico has Rambo Traps 100`s of Capped off old well heads some as close as 3 miles to shore That will eventually fall weak to the salt water theres already been speculation of how long it will take .Mother earth spewing her Blood (Oil) turning the ocean One Massive Slop Pond God and Mother Nature is at work while we speak will take over In Time ...n wont need a Ship to run into an old abandoned site thats been capped
AnimeOtaku
Feb 27, 2013 3:17 PM CST
Petroleum Distillates goes well with Calamari Sauce.