A 22-mile-long oil spill detected in the Gulf of Mexico

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating a 14-mile-long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico discovered after Hurricane Ida. The spill is in federal waters off Port Fourchon, Louisiana, said Sam Jones, head of the Louisiana Office of Oil Spill Coordinators.

“It’s a big slick,” Jones said. “It’s the biggest one of all time.”

The Coast Guard said in a statement that the crude oil is believed to be coming from a pipeline owned by Houston-based Talos Energy, an oil and gas exploration company, and added that the agency is in the preliminary stages of an investigation. In response, Talos said that while it is leading the response to the spill, it denies responsibility, saying the spill came from an unknown source in an area where it stopped production in 2017.

“Extensive local observations show that Talos’ assets are not the source. Talos will continue to work closely with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to determine the source of the spill and coordinate a successful response.”

Talos said it has deployed two 95-foot vessels to conduct oil recovery operations at the spill site, as well as an additional vessel and divers to help locate the source.

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