NEW ORLEANS—Contrary to reports last Friday that there is no oil spill occuring in the sunken oil rig that exploded in Mexico earlier this week,the US Coast Guard confirmed that today they discovered an estimated 1,000 barrels (42,000 gallons) of oil per day.Bad weather condition has hindered authorities efforts to fix it.
“We are classifying this as a very serious spill and we are using all our resources to help contain it,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell said.
Transocean Ltd’s Deepwater Horizon sank on Thursday after burning for 36 hours following an explosion while finishing a well for BP Plc 42 miles off the Louisiana coast. The Coast Guard on Friday suspended a search for 11 missing workers from the rig, who are presumed dead.
The Coast Guard said there is currently no impact to the shoreline, but it has notified Gulf states to be prepared as this could be major threat on the ecosystem.