U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) said
on Friday it was responding to an oil spill of about 7,950 to
9,350 barrels from an undersea pipe about 40 miles southeast of
Venice, Louisiana, in the Gulf of Mexico.
The estimated volume of the spill has not changed, said Rick
Fowler, vice-president of Deepwater Projects at LLOG Exploration
"The previously reported sheens have dissipated and there
continues to be no detection of potentially related oil on the
surface as confirmed by multiple flyovers since Friday night."
Offshore oil and gas operator, LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC
reported to the BSEE that the source of the spill was a jumper
pipe from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 and that
production from the associated field was shut at the time of the
incident, the BSEE has said in a statement.
The BSEE was coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard on the
response, it added.
The Coast Guard was not immediately available for comment.
"The fractured jumper will be recovered and a complete
diagnostic will be performed. LLOG will not speculate on the
cause of the fracture until that work is complete," Fowler said
in an emailed statement.
(Reporting by Arpan Varghese in Bengaluru; Editing by Matthew
Mpoke Bigg and Mark Potter)
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