The US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has reported an apparent release of natural gas and condensate from a Gulf of Mexico pipeline operated by Houston-based Kinetica Partners.
BSEE and the US Coast Guard (USCG) were attending to the scene about 30 miles southwest of Cameron, Louisiana after a helicopter pilot overflying the area reported signs of the substance leak in West Cameron Block 165, which is operated by Fieldwood Energy of Houston.
Fieldwood confirmed a sheen about one mile wide and ten miles long around half a mile from Platform WC-165, which is shut in and in the process of being plugged and abandoned.
Inspectors from BSEE will investigate the source of the leak in the pipeline.
BSEE is an agency under the US Department of the Interior. It was created in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.