The U.S. Coast Guard has reassessed an oil spill that happened Oct. 13 near Venice Louisiana. While initial reports were thought to be at about 400,000 gallons of oil spilled in the Gulf of Mexico, LLOG, the company which owns the pipleine, estimates that 16,000 barrels were spilled — approximately 672,000 gallons of spilled oil.
The oil discharge from a damaged pipeline approximately 40 miles south east of Venice, Louisiana.
According to the a new release from the Coast Guard, the oil was discharged from a small crack in a pipeline that was pressurized to more than 3,000 psi and located approximately 5,000 feet under water. This high-pressure discharge through a small opening likely caused the oil to be broken down into small particles and disperse into deep-water currents prior to reaching the surface.
Daily over flights and remotely operated underwater vehicle inspections have been conducted with no recoverable oil detected, according to the news release.
The cause of the oil leak is under investigation.
On Sunday, a natural gas platform in Lake Pontchartrain exploded. Seven people were injured in the explosion and a search mission for Timothy Morrison of Katy, Texas, was suspended Monday.
In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill leaked more than 3 million barrels into the Gulf of Mexico.