U.S. Investigates Nearly 350 Reported Oil Spills in Gulf

The United States Coast Guard announced on Monday that it was investigating nearly 350 reports of oil spills in and along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico after the destructive hurricane Ida.

Members of the National Strike Force aboard a Coast Guard HC-144 are conducting the overflights over Bay Marchand, south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and the Enterprise Offshore Drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard has found evidence of a new leak from an offshore well and reported another leak responsible for a miles-long streak of oil was no longer active. A third report of oil near a drilling platform is yet to be confirmed.

The Coast Guard will provide the information to federal, state, and local authorities responsible for cleaning the sites.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said that over 80% of US offshore oil and gas production platforms remain inoperative and over 100 platforms are unoccupied following hurricane Ida.

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