A broken pipe line resulted is more than 9,000 barrels of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico, the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced Friday (Oct. 13) night. The pipe belongs to the Covington-based LLOG Exploration Offshore LLC.
According to a news release from BSEE, the company told federal officials on Thursday that as much as 9,350 barrels of oil were released by a broken line 4,463 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles southeast of Venice.
The leaking oil was released from a subsea infrastructure of pipes connecting wells at the company’s Mississippi Canyon Block 209 oilfield. The company reported to BSEE that production from the field has been shut in and the release of oil has ceased.
“LLOG reported that through the use of a remotely-operated vehicle, a fracture was observed in a jumper pipe leading from Mississippi Canyon Block 209, Well No. 1 to a manifold located on the seafloor,” said a BSEE news release issued Friday night. “As a result of shutting in the well, the flow through the fracture in the pipe has ceased.
“A sheen was observed and reported through the National Response Center,” the news release said. “Monitoring of the residual sheen continues. No shoreline impacts have been reported. There are no reports of personnel injuries.”
The company reported to BSEE that it has estimated the amount of oil released during the incident at between 7,950 and 9,350 barrels of oil. The company said it has found no recoverable oil at the surface above the broken line.
“LLOG has also reported that two skimming vessels sourced from Clean Gulf Associates and Marine Spill Response Corporation are on location and are prepared to respond,” the news release said.
A BSEE engineer was at LLOG’s incident command on Thursday to verify the release location using the live feed from the company’s remotely-operated vehicle, and two inspectors traveled offshore to the company’s Delta House platform to begin an investigation.
The Delta House floating production facility, located atop Mississippi Canyon block 254, is used to gather up to 100,000 barrels of oil and 240 million cubic feet of natural gas a day from nine different wells in the Gulf before it is moved onshore.
On its web site, LLOG says it is the largest privately owned oil producer in the U.S. and one of the largest private producers in the Gulf of Mexico