September 19, 2021

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Divers discovered a damaged oil pipeline responsible for the oil spill near Louisiana

Divers also discovered two smaller open tubes with a diameter of 10 centimeters. However, it appears that they have been decommissioned and it is not clear from the company’s statement whether oil is leaking from them.

Divers have discovered a damaged oil pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, apparently responsible for the oil spill that emerged after Hurricane Ida swept through the area. The Associated Press reported this.

US company Talos Energy, which is currently paying the costs of cleaning up this ever-growing oil spill, announced in a statement Sunday that the damaged pipeline does not belong to it.

Who owns the pipeline?

Talos Energy works with the US Coast Guard (USCG) and other federal agencies to determine who the pipeline belongs to. In addition to the aforementioned oil pipeline, which has a diameter of about 30 cm, divers also discovered two smaller open tubes with a diameter of 10 cm. However, they appear to have been decommissioned, and it is not clear from the company’s statement whether oil is leaking from them, the Associated Press wrote.

Last week, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday aerial images showing a several kilometer long oil slick about three kilometers south of Port Fortune in the US state of Louisiana.

According to Talos Energy, the flow of oil spilling into the ocean has slowed dramatically over the past 48 hours. According to the photos, the oil slick is only in the sea and has not yet reached the coast of Louisiana.

It is not yet known how many liters of oil spilled, but according to satellite images released on Saturday, the slick is more than 19 kilometers long, according to the Associated Press.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Additionally, as a result of Hurricane Ida, floodwaters hit an oil refinery on the Mississippi River south of New Orleans, Louisiana, causing a leak of a hitherto unknown amount of oil.

Hurricane Ida weakened during a tropical storm Monday, August 30, over the US state of Mississippi. This happened hours after Louisiana hit as one of the strongest recorded hurricanes in US history. Reuters reported that rain and flooding killed at least 50 people.

Initially, more than a million households and businesses in the US state of Louisiana were left without electricity as a result of power line damage. Entergy, a company that supplies New Orleans electricity, is asking customers to be patient. There are more than 25,000 workers in this field from 40 US states trying to repair 14,000 faulty power lines and 2,200 transformers.