Coast Guard responds to allision, oil spill near Port Sulphur

(Source: U.S. Coast Guard)
(Source: U.S. Coast Guard)

PORT SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - Coast Guard officials have responded to a report of an allision between a vessel and an inactive wellhead about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur in Southeast Louisiana.

That's according to a Wednesday morning news release from Coast Guard officials.

Officials said Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Officials said the platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but the amount is unknown at this time.

Swift Energy reports the wellhead was shut down and became inactive in December 2007.

"The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies as well as the responsible party, Swift Energy, in response to this incident to secure the well and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking," the release states.

The Coast Guard is reportedly investigating the cause of the incident.

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