Containment systems were installed in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of the state of Louisiana, to contain an oil contamination discovered after the passage of Hurricane Ida, reported the US Coast Guard on Sunday (5).
The affected area is in front of Port Fourchon, a port 160 km from New Orleans that is mainly dedicated to the storage and distribution of oil.
The Louisiana State Coast Guard was informed of the contamination in the area and is already active in the matter, it said in a statement.
Specializing in offshore oil platforms, Texan company Talos Energy will send a diving team on Sunday to try to discover the source of the oil spill. “The investigation has not yet determined the source of the leak. Detailed observations at the site indicate, however, that the Talos structures are not the source,” the company said in a statement, in which it said it had not identified impacts on the coast and marine life Of region.
The company highlights that, in 2017, production was interrupted in the area affected by the oil spill, obstructing the sources and removing its pipeline network.
With 240 km/h winds, Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana coast a week ago, causing “catastrophic” damage, according to local authorities. US President Joe Biden visited the region last Friday (3) to assess the damage and meet with the governor.
Downgraded to the tropical storm category, the Ida continued its path across the US and reached the northeast of the country, mainly New York and the surrounding regions. The destruction left at least 12 deaths in Louisiana and 51 in the northeastern states.
Commenting on the destruction, Biden called the Ida the fifth-largest hurricane in American history.
On Wednesday (1), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations’ arm for climate issues, stated that the event could become the most expensive climate disaster in history, even surpassing Hurricane Katrina, which left a fence 16 years ago. 1,800 dead.
The statement came shortly after the WMO released a global report demonstrating that the occurrence of extreme weather events has increased fivefold over the past five decades. Floods, the cause of deaths in New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, are the most frequent type of phenomenon. Of the more than 11,000 climate disasters recorded from 1970 to 2019, they accounted for 44%.
Rich in hydrocarbons, the Gulf of Mexico is one of the main oil producing areas in the United States. It was in this region that the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded in 2010, causing an oil spill considered the most serious in history.
The rapid intensification of the winds and rains of the Ida alerted American scientists, who call attention to the worsening of this type of phenomenon with the increase in the temperature of the oceans caused by global warming.