8th District Heartland Public Affairs
February 27, 2013
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans
Contact: Lt. j.g. Colin Marquis
Office: (504) 365-2284
Coast Guard responds to allision, oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an allision between a vessel and an inactive wellhead about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur, Wednesday.
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8 p.m., Tuesday. The platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but the amount is unknown at this time.
Swift Energy reports the wellhead was shut down and became inactive in December 2007.
The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies as well as the responsible party, Swift Energy, in response to this incident to secure the well and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking.
The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.
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