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Coast Guard responds to collision, oil spill southwest of Port Sulphur

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 1:37pm

The Coast Guard is responding to a report of an collison between a vessel and an inactive wellhead about nine miles southwest of Port Sulphur, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 42-foot crewboat Sea Raider allided with a wellhead owned by Swift Energy at around 8:00 p.m., Tuesday. The platform is discharging an oily-water mixture, but the amount is unknown at this time.

Swift Energy reports the wellhead was shut down and became inactive in December 2007.

The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies as well as the responsible party, Swift Energy, in response to this incident to secure the well and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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