Coast Guard Reports Spill Secured in Bayou Perot

Houma, La.- The following is the latest information in the multi agency response and investigation surrounding a spill of medium crude from a damaged wellhead in Bayou Perot, Louisiana:

As of 3:00 p.m. the discharge was stopped and the well was secured.

To date 49,000 feet of oil containment boom have been deployed and more than 61,000 gallons of emulsified oil and water waste have been collected.

The operator of the well, ExPert Oil & Gas, continues to offer a $35,000 reward for information directly resulting in the identification (as determined by the operator) of the person or persons responsible for damaging the wellhead. The tip hotline number is 504-589-4203 x 382. Caller identity will be protected.

The oil spill was discovered during the early morning hours 1/21/07 near mile marker 20 of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The Coast Guard, in conjunction with ExPert Oil & Gas, Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H), and other federal, state & local agencies have come together to respond to the spill. The Coast Guard’s investigation into the cause continues.

Source: USCG D8 Public Affairs

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