U.S. offshore oil producer Talos Energy said Sunday that the pace of an oil spill of unknown origin in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida appears to have slowed.
Cleanup and dive teams were at the site of the leak in the Bay Marchand area of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday to try to contain the oil and determine its origin and location. After Hurricane Ida passed through the region a week ago, a black oil slick several miles long could be seen from the air in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana.
“No black oil has been observed in the past 24 hours,” Talos Energy spokesman Brian L. Grove said in a statement. “To date, no shoreline or wildlife impacts have been observed,” he added.
A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman had no immediate comment.
An assessment by divers and a sonar scanner found no leaks related to its pipelines. A 12-inch (30-cm) subsea pipeline was found to be displaced from its original location in the trench, and appeared to be bent open, according to Grove’s statement.