Oil spill near mouth of Mississippi

An oil spill of as much as 4,200 gallons discharged from a well into the Mississippi River near where it meets the US Gulf of Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

US Coast Guard said in a release that the well is owned by Houston-based Texas Petroleum Investment. The cause of the spill is not yet known and will come under investigation.

USCG was among several agencies – including the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries – involved in the spill response, as were private clean-up specialists OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean Gulf Associates.

The area affected is in Main Pass, close to the mouth of the river.


Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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