Sunken Gulf Oil Rig Leaking 1,000 Barrels of Oil a Day

April 25, 2010

(ChattahBox)—-The sunken oil rig off the coast of Louisiana, began leaking crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, putting sensitive ecosystems at risk. The Coast Guard confirmed that the crude oil is leaking into the waters at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day.

The mobile oil rig, named Deepwater Horizon leased by BP PLC and owned by Transocean Ltd., exploded on Tuesday, burning uncontrollably, until it sunk into the Gulf waters on Thursday.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Erik Swanson, said “there are breaks in the line” where the Deepwater Horizon was drilling.

But the current 1-by-12 mile oil slick visible on the Gulf waters, was caused by the initial explosion. With the new leak, the oil sheen over the Gulf of Mexico would increase and eventually reach the shore in Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Coast Guard is working together with the Mineral Management Service and BP to curtail the leak.

As previously reported by ChattahBox, “In the worst case scenario, 336,000 gallons of crude oil per day, could leak from the rig, destroyed by the blast, harming the delicate ecosystems of Louisiana and Mississippi. Of particular concern, are fragile coastal wetlands, which provide nurseries for fish and shrimp and a habitat for birds. The area is also home to a pod of sperm whales, which feeds near the oil rig.”

According to the statement issued by the Coast Guard, the leak has not yet reached the shoreline:

“The task force has applied 1,900 gallons of oil dispersant and recovered 33,726 gallons of oily water with surface skimmers, according to the statement.The Coast Guard said there is currently no impact to the shoreline, but it has notified Gulf states to be prepared.”

The mobili Deepwater Horizon rig had been drilling for oil in its current location since January.

The search for the 11 missing workers has been called off.


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