After Hurricane Ida oil spill, divers put containment dome on pipeline


This Sept. 4, 2021, satellite image provided by Maxar shows a view of oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico near East Timbalier Island National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Technologies via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company overseeing the response to a large oil spill spurred by Hurricane Ida says a containment dome has been placed over a broken undersea pipeline.

Houston-based Talos Energy said in a statement issued Tuesday that the action has stemmed the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The company said its oil spill response contractor installed the dome Monday evening.

The dome allowed workers to recover oil coming from a sheared-off 1-foot-diameter pipe and transfer it to surface vessels.

Talos said it does not own the ruptured pipeline that divers identified as the likely source of a mileslong oil slick that has been spreading for more than a week.

The pipe is about 2 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, in about 34 feet of water.

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