The satellite shows an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

The satellite shows an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Following the passage of Hurricane Ida, satellite imagery recorded widespread oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico. Aerial photos show oil in the water three kilometers south of Port Forton, Louisiana (USA).

A Coast Guard spokesman said the source of the leak was an undersea crude oil pipeline owned by Talos Energy. John Edwards said. The company sent divers and ships to contain and identify the source of the leak, but did not confirm responsibility.

The company said in a statement that Talos will continue to work with the U.S. Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to identify the source of the release and coordinate a successful response.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sent a surveillance plane to an area in Louisiana where there were reports of an oil spill at a refinery.

An aerial image shows an oil spill south of Port Forton, Louisiana

Image: AP / Maxar

The passage of the storm wreaked havoc on the south and northeastern coasts of the United States.

A Category 4 hurricane made landfall off the coast of Ida Louisiana on Monday (30) The wind was blowing at speeds of up to 240 kilometers per hour, but after a few hours it was downgraded. The storm left New Orleans without electricity, affecting more than a million people, according to the website PowerOutage.US. More than 70,000 people in Mississippi have experienced power shortages.

Energy regulators in the country say more than 95% of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil production has been affected. Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), the largest privately owned crude oil terminal in the United States, was cut off before the storm after forecasts indicated possible repercussions on its areas of operation. The Gulf supplies 17% of the country’s oil.

On Wednesday (1), the storm hit the northeastern states of the country. Mainly New York and New Jersey. More than 40 people died in the floods.

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