Boat Hits Well, Triggers New Gulf Oil Leak
Louisiana's coast has another (smaller) spill to fight
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2010 3:55 PM CDT
Oil spews from a wellhead in Barataria Bay on the coast of Louisiana Tuesday after it was struck by a tugboat.   (Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – A tow boat struck an abandoned well off the coast of Louisiana today, sending a plume of oil and gas into the air. Crews are at the site, near Mud Lake, and expect to have it under control today. Booms and oil-skimming equipment were already in the area, which has been dealing with oil from the BP spill. The AP describes the affected region as a "network of bayous and lakes north of Barataria Bay, an ecologically sensitive coastal estuary." The resulting oil slick is a mile long and 50 yards wide.

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Jul 28, 2010 10:42 AM CDT
Why did they abandon it? It seems like a high-pressure shaft.
Jul 28, 2010 9:38 AM CDT
Wonder how many of these accidents are forthcoming? Legacy of oil, can't live without it, can't live with it. Aren't all those empty well heads marked on coastal charts?
Jul 28, 2010 7:07 AM CDT
The pendulum swings back -- first we get Drill Baby Drill, now it's the Spill of the Month Club -- wonder if those Repukes that have been connected at the hip with the oil companies -- Will have the Chutzpah to step up now, and explain how this is a Dem thing??? Corporate America, especially oil companies have demonstrated over the past 40 years or more not to be trusted. BTW, Can a Jet Ski hit one of these things and cause a leak??? ;)