Accidents do happen. As hard as the oil tries to contain its product, there is no foolproof way to move the stuff around. Most oil is moved ashore from offshore platforms in pipelines. Today, a major twenty-inch diameter pipeline spilled 1,400 barrels into the marine environment.
The salient points:
Gulf of Mexico oil spill estimated at 58,800 gallons
Susan Poag, The Times-Picayune archive
An underwater pipeline released about 58,800 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, according to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Morgan City.
The Coast Guard is coordinating clean-up efforts for the spill, which is about 75 miles south of Atchafalaya Bay. ...
The source of the spill has been secured, and it is highly unlikely to affect land.
The spill is being cleaned up through the use of surface skimming vessels and chemical dispersants.
On a related note: the Minerals Management Service recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Unannounced Spill Drill Program. All offshore operators must be able to demonstrate the competence and reliability of their spill response programs. Coincidentally, Shell had recently completed the 250th unannounced drill at ne of its large deepwater platforms.