The environment took quite the blow ten days ago on October 13th, when it was reported that there was a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off of Venice Louisiana. When the reports first came out, the National Guard led us to believe that the spill was about 400,000 gallons of oil. This has sadly been proved wrong and it looks like there was more oil in that spill then we’d like to imagine.
The company that owns the oil is named LLOG and they have since come to the conclusion that it wasn’t 400,000 gallons that spilled into the sea, but much more. According to them they lost 16,000 barrels of oil. That all adds up to a shocking 670,000 gallons of the stuff. To make matters worse, the damaged pipeline was only 40 miles south of Venice, Louisiana.
Here is where the real bad news comes in. The cracked pipe was 5,000 feet below water. The oil was pushed out of the pipe via a small crack that pressurized more than 3,000 psi. In an attempt to recover some of this oil, they have done boat inspections and multiple flyovers, but it is too late, the oil is already ruined.
Currently as we speak, they have not come to a conclusion as to what caused the leak, but investigation is happening as we speak. We can only hope that most of the wildlife in the area gets away clean from this spill.
In 2010 there was a leak that released over 3 million gallons into the Gulf of Mexico. That didn’t exactly end well for anyone.