NEW ORLEANS –BSEE Gulf of Mexico Region Director Lars Herbst has initiated a panel investigation into an oil release from subsea infrastructure located about 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, in water 4,463 ft deep.
The flowline release, which began on Oct. 11 in Mississippi Canyon block 209, was reported by offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore, LLC.
“BSEE places great emphasis on making certain all oil and gas operations on America’s Outer Continental Shelf are safe,” said Herbst. “This panel investigation is a critical step in ensuring BSEE determines the cause, or causes, of the incident and develops recommendations to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.”
The five-member panel is made up of inspectors, engineers and accident investigators. At the conclusion of their investigation, the panel will issue a report that will contain findings, make recommendations and identify any potential violations for consideration by BSEE enforcement staff.
LLOG reported to BSEE that they isolated the pipeline leak and stopped the leak on Thursday morning and estimated the unaccounted for oil volume to be in the range of 7,950 to 9,350 bbl.
BSEE inspectors traveled to LLOG’s Delta House platform on Oct. 13 to begin an initial inspection and investigation. The BSEE panel will continue coordinating with LLOG and the US Coast Guard to complete the investigation.