July 27th, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Louisiana well emitting oil, gas after vessel strike

CNN Wire Staff

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/07/27/louisiana.barataria.bay.well.leak/story.barataria.wellhead.uscg.jpg caption="Spokesman for Louisiana governor says the well was abandoned, declared “orphaned”" width=300 height=169]

A towing vessel struck an oil well in the Barataria Waterway off the southeastern Louisiana coast on Tuesday, causing the well to emit oil and natural gas into Barataria Bay, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said there was a sheen around the platform, and vapor that's probably a combination of gas and water was emanating from the well, called C-117.

Kyle Plotkin, a spokesman for Gov. Bobby Jindal, described the well as "orphaned." He said it had been owned by Cedyco Corp. of Houston but was declared abandoned by the state in November 2008.

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  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Oh yes, a calm and balanced report not the usual loud ranting about BP's incompetence on everything.Lets just watch this and Cedyco Corp immediately go to court to decide who pays the Spill fine for an orphaned well with the barge company.
    Wheres all the shouting for a flow estimate and transparency please.
    Information from the company and the demand for immediate money to cover costs and damages to people livelihoods. If those " poor social responsibility claims" are valid against BP they are valid here as well in the new realistic world of drilling in the gulf and oils leaks arising.
    Or am I missing something? One rule for nasty foriegn BP and others for local honest , socially responsible, safety conscious American oil companies. And Oh as well the national spill resrve fund is picking up the bill, but BP must pay everything?? mmm?
    By the way a barge dredging cutting the top pipe at seabed level how come the concrete fill did not hold in the drill hole pipe? And why no marker buoy indicating an abandoned well in 6 feet of water?

    July 28, 2010 at 3:24 am |