New Oil Spill Outside New Orleans

This Saint Patty’s Day had more than green beer flowing – apparently there was a new oil spill reported in the Gulf outside of New Orleans.

Discovered by the US Coast Guard, the new slick already measures 1 square mile and is 0.5 cm thick.  The cause of the leak is from a ruptured pipeline caused when a “a jack-up rig dropped their spuds onto a pipeline earlier this morning causing an uncontrolled release of crude oil.”

I’m not sure what a jack up rig is or why they would drop their spuds but the result has been to cause more oil to be gushed into our already damaged Gulf for three hours before it was discovered.  As of recent reports the leak is still flowing.

Does this mean more damage to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region?

Read more:

Pipeline Rupture, Near Grand Isle, LA

BOA Pipeline Strike, Barataria Pass

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith publishes fiction and nonfiction books across multiple genres and she has been included in various anthologies, newspapers and online publications. In the past she has served as a host for JournalJabber online radio talk show and has been interviewed on National Public Radio for her nonfiction work.
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