divers discover dislodged and broken pipeline that likely sparked oil spill – .

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Houston-based Talos Energy said in a statement that it was made aware of a possible oil spill on Tuesday by Clean Gulf Associates, a non-profit oil spill cooperative, because it had previously leased the Bay Marchand oil block off Port Fourchon, Louisiana. .

Talos began sending ships to the affected area on Wednesday and divers later discovered the damaged pipeline and determined it was not owned by Talos Energy, the company said.

The pipeline “appears to be bent and open,” said Talos Energy.

Talos ceased production in the region in 2017 and saw its infrastructure removed from the site in 2019, the statement said.

“The source of the release is not close to any of the plugged wells, or the former locations of Talos’ submarine infrastructure,” Talos said.
Two 95-foot response vessels were left behind on Sunday to help with the oil recovery, Talos told CNN.

“The rate of release appears to have declined dramatically in the past 48 hours and no black oil has been seen in the past 24 hours,” Talos said Sunday. “To date, no impact on the coastline or wildlife has been observed,” according to the energy company.

Talos is working with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to determine ownership of the damaged pipeline and to organize a coordinated response to the spill, the company said.

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