Coast Guard Locates Vessel that Struck Well Head

Venice, LA- After days of following leads the U.S. Coast Guard Sector New Orleans has sucessfully identified the vessel involved in a well head collision that caused an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico earlier this week.

The spill which was discovered last Sunday, occurred when a towing vessel pushing a crane barge struck a well head. “We used a lot of technology to solve this mystery” said Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Quinn Quaglino, lead investigator for the incident.

“Information from the well operators enabled us to pinpoint the exact time the pipeline was struck. After that we used data gathered from the Coast Guard’s Vessel Tracking Service to determe who was in the area. We put the technology together with the physical evidence from the investigation and were able to conclusively determine who ran over the well head.”

Final calculations showed that 38 barrels of crude oil where lost as a result of the spill. Clean up efforts, which where overseen by Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, along with O’Briens Oil Pollution Services, Inc., and Clean Gulf Associates,who acted on behalf of Bois d’ Arc, kept the spill from impacting any shoreline.

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