Crewboat hits inactive wellhead, causing oil spill - - The News for South Mississippi

Crewboat hits inactive wellhead, causing oil spill

Posted: Updated:
Source: US Coast Guard Source: US Coast Guard

The US Coast Guard reported a crewboat hit an inactive wellhead near Port Sulphur, resulting in an oil spill Tuesday night.

The Coast Guard said on its website the accident happened about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur around 8 p.m. An oily-water mixture is spraying out of the platform, but investigators don't know how much is discharging.

Authorities added they received a report the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider bumped a wellhead owned by Swift Energy. According to the company, the wellhead was shut down in Dec. 2007.

Crews are working to secure the well. They are also trying to contain and clean up any of the leaking oil.

It is unknown what caused the boat to run into the wellhead.

The Coast Guard is investigating.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.