Jul 27, 2010 3:11 PM by Melissa Canone

UPDATE- Towing Vessel Hit LA Oil Well Near Barataria Bay

UPDATE: NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil and gas leaked Tuesday from a damaged
well on a waterway north of a bay where officials have been
fighting the spill from the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Coast Guard said the tow boat Pere Ana C. struck the
wellhead near Mud Lake early Tuesday. The boat was moved to LaRose
after the incident. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard did not know who owns the well or how much oil
had leaked.
Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said a strip of oil 50 yards
wide and a mile long was spotted on the water near the well.
Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said oil was spewing from
the wellhead.
Lt. Brian Sattler said a helicopter was dispatched to survey the
area, which is accessible only by boat.
Sattler said state and federal agencies were alerted and
authorities were hiring someone to stop the leak.
Mud Lake is part of a network of bayous and lakes north of
Barataria Bay, an ecologically sensitive coastal estuary where
authorities have been fighting waves of oil from the Deepwater
Horizon accident.
Roberts said he was confident the leak and spill could be taken
care of soon.
"This likely can be contained today," he said in an e-mail.
He was worried, however, that the leak forced a halt to water
traffic leading into Barataria Bay. That could hamper efforts to
redeploy oil-fighting equipment that was moved inland ahead of last
week's Tropical Storm Bonnie.
"This leaves us vulnerable until we can reopen traffic and get
resources back out," Roberts said.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says a towing vessel hit an
oil well early Tuesday in a waterway north of Barataria Bay in
south Louisiana and there are reports of oil spewing from the
damaged wellhead.
Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts says oil is
spewing from the well. And the Coast Guard has received reports of
an oil sheen in Mud Lake, north of Barataria Bay - an area where
officials have been trying to head off invasions of oil from the BP
oil rig disaster to the south.
The extent of the damage and the amount of oil leaking are not
yet known.



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