New Oil Spill Outside New Orleans

This Saint Patty’s Day had more than green beer flowing – apparently there was a new oil spill reported in the Gulf outside of New Orleans.

Discovered by the US Coast Guard, the new slick already measures 1 square mile and is 0.5 cm thick.  The cause of the leak is from a ruptured pipeline caused when a “a jack-up rig dropped their spuds onto a pipeline earlier this morning causing an uncontrolled release of crude oil.”

I’m not sure what a jack up rig is or why they would drop their spuds but the result has been to cause more oil to be gushed into our already damaged Gulf for three hours before it was discovered.  As of recent reports the leak is still flowing.

Does this mean more damage to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region?

Read more:

Pipeline Rupture, Near Grand Isle, LA

BOA Pipeline Strike, Barataria Pass

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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