Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wellhead hit, leaking oil and natural gas near Bayou St. Denis
by Staff and wire reports
Posted on July 27, 2010 at 9:15 AM
Updated today at 11:27 AM
JEFFERSON, La. – Officials in Jefferson Parish said that a wellhead was hit overnight and it is leaking oil and natural gas near Bayou St. Denis.
Councilman Chris Roberts said he is getting reports of oil in the marsh from the Jefferson Parish emergency management staff. Vessels of opportunity are en route to beginning cleaning up the area.
“There is a pretty good amount of oil flowing there,” said Roberts, though the exact amout is unknown. However, reports now say that mostly natural gas is spewing from the well.
The Coast Guard said the tow boat Pere Ana C. struck the wellhead near Mud Lake early Tuesday. The boat was moved to LaRose after the incident. No injuries were reported.
Boats are being stopped about a mile from the site by the Coast Guard and Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office, including the vessels of opportunity boats.