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Updated: Tugboat hits well, Oil and Gas spewing near Louisiana marsh

UPDATE: July 28~ Video of Oil Well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3LqdTGGzLs&feature=player_em...

Now it is being reported the towboat was pushing a barge and the barge hit the orphaned well that was not lit as required.

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Adding insult to the Gulf's injury, a wellhead hit by a tug boat is now spewing oil near a Louisiana marsh area, officials said Tuesday.

The oil is shooting up 20 feet into the air, the office of Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said.

The well is in inland waterways on the border of Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes, about 65 miles south of New Orleans, and in a marsh area not accessible by road.

Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts was quoted as saying by WWL-TV in New Orleans that "there is a pretty good amount of oil flowing there." He did not have a more specific estimate.

Jefferson Parish officials said emergency crews were at the site assessing how to deal with the spill.

They added that the tug boat hit the well before dawn. The tug boat captain immediately notified officials, and another boat later called in the leak.

Officials fear the well is also leaking natural gas since boats reported seeing a gas cloud and oil on the water near the wellhead.

Who operates the well was not immediately clear.

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http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38429966/ns/us_news-environment/



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GPS

Some body who knows please tell me that they use GPS tracking on tugs, ships, boats ect instead of eyes. I think they quit using light houses many years ago.
Anyone?

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Ever been in a car accident where someone's brake lights...

don't work and you hit them from behind? Not only did you destroy the evidence by breaking the non-functioning lights, it is still your fault. The evidence in this case was destroyed. Any videos floating around out there?

First, it was the tugboat that did it.

Now, it was the barge that the tugboat was pulling that hit the well head.

Next, it will be a whale that was following the barge that was being pulled by the tugboat hit the wellhead.

What next, a song about the entire event?

yes, the whale did it.....

this same tug or barge, or whale, has quite a history if the reports I read are correct

cee cee

...was

not lit, as required...
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Update: Towboat Captain: "Well was not lit as required"

The towboat captain told investigators the well was not lit as required, Coast Guard Capt. John Arenstam said.

The Coast Guard hired Wild Well Control Inc. to begin attempts to cap the well later Tuesday. Another contractor is handling cleanup.

The Coast Guard identified the well owner as Houston-based Cedyco Corp., but authorities said they had been unable to contact the company.

Mud Lake is at the northern approaches to Barataria Bay, an ecologically sensitive estuary south of New Orleans. The slick is a mile long and they are layimg out boom to try to contain it.

( The wellhead was only 6ft under the water )

full article...
http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2010/07/27/801147/tow-boat-hit...

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state owned well....

could it be that the State of LA caused their own problem

cee cee

Well owned by HOUSTON company

last I heard... that is in TEXAS.

There are over 27,000 abandoned, orphaned, capped wells in the gulf and I don't know who is responsible for having them lit or marked or checked for leaks but it IS a concern. Would it be the company that owns/ owned the well or the state whose waters it is located in? Curious.

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abandoned non-producing wells (orphaned)

usually become the property/responsibility of the State....

why there is even a special orphan well association and set of guidelines....

thanks....since I am IN Houston, and have to be in NO Friday, I was getting confused

whatever would I do without gps or facts

cee cee

Tug pilots tend to be rather familiar with their harbors

Wouldn't there be a bouy or something? I have serious doubts about this one being an accident.

Orphaned well was not lit

as required. New reports today say the tow boat was pushing a barge and the barge struck the unlit well.
Added new video to OP 7/28

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How convienant, the BP well

How convienant, the BP well has been slowed to a trickle and now we get a new one. Would this be to take our mind off of BP? Hmmmm, a thought to ponder.

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Or the 800,000 gallons of oil in Kalamazoo river ?

WTH is going on with the oil ? Two off Louisiana, one in Michigan, one in Alaska and another off China.

Just one last kick in the nuts, then a final deathblow

big media stories

actually, these events occur all the time....

but because of the BP wild well, they are now NATIONAL news rather than being local news....

get ready though: in spite of the DOE's mandate to "reduce our oil dependence" (all the trillions spent by that agency resulting in GREATER foreign oil dependence) WE ARE going to be more dependent than ever

on those pesky ferners

cee cee

How convienant, the BO well

How convienant, the BO well has been slowed to a trickle and now we get a new one. Would this be to take our mind off of BP? Hmmmm, a thought to ponder.

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wild well control boys

think they will have this stopped today....

not really much to it

cee cee

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Well hit by tugboat spills oil, gas into Barataria Bay

[aerial photo at link.]
[northstar is right about slow-news-release-of-information kind of day.]

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 2:21 p.m.

HOUMA — A wellhead is spilling oil and gas into Barataria Bay after it was hit by a tugboat pushing a dredging barge early this morning, the Coast Guard said.

The tugboat, the Pere Ana C, pushing the dredge barge Captain Buford Berry, hit the wellhead at about 1 a.m.

The well is spilling oil and natural gas. A photo released by the Coast Guard shows a plume of smoke rising high above the water.

The tug vessel Pere Ana C, pushing the dredge barge Captain Buford Berry, allided with the wellhead while it transited the Barataria Waterway.

A Coast Guard helicopter with a marine pollution investigator on board has been sent to the scene to assess the impact.

The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been enacted to provide monetary support for any clean-up operations.

The government has contracted Environmental Safety and Health for the clean up, and they are currently on scene.

Also responding is the U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team from Mobile, Ala.

A safety zone has been established at two miles around the incident location to protect vessels and mariners from the hazards associated with the release.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20100727/HURBLOG/100729350...

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MSM is slow picking this up

I think I know why, 'Coast Guard' towing vessel? Coast Guard in like the US Coast Guard? Could be the makings of a big P&R nightmare.

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Washington - A Coast Guard towing vessel collided Tuesday with an oil and natural gas platform off the coast of Louisiana, sparking a minor oil spill in a region that is already dealing with the BP oil disaster.

The morning collision in Barataria Bay left a "light sheen" of oil and some natural gas vapours spilling out of the platform, said Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who is coordinating the government's response to the wider BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/336763,ship-drilling...

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What more can go wrong?

This is just unreal :-(

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You got that right.

There seems to be a concerted effort to destroy the environment (although I know there isn't a conspiracy... don't want to start another conspiracy thread, FFS)...

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There will be no respite from catastrophes.

Another coincidence, but one too many for me to believe is just an accident.

The well head is only 6ft under water

..I don't understand. I wonder how many more are that shallow and if they are not marked so as to avoid?

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