USCG: Oil-water mix leaking after vessel hit wellhead

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Posted: Feb 27, 2013 10:26 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 10:26 AM
Source: U. S. Coast Guard

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Topics: USCG, coast guard, Oil, leaking, vessel, hit, wellhead, Gulf

NEW ORLEANS - A crewboat struck an inactive wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico overnight, causing it to spew a mixture of oil and water according to the U. S. Coast Guard.

They reported the vessel hit the wellhead, which is owned by Swift Energy, around 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Coast Guard said the platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but the amount is unknown at this time.

Swift Energy told the Coast Guard the wellhead was shut down and became inactive in 2007.

The Cost Guard said they are responding with federal, state and local authorities and working with Swift Energy to secure the well and clean up any leaking oil.

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