On Friday the Coast Guard Sector New Orleans said it received a report about a damaged pipeline dumping 9,000 barrels of crude oil into the gulf.
On Saturday afternoon the U.S. Coast Guard announced that they were sending two response vessels from Clean Gulf Associates and the Marine Spill Response Corporation to investigate.
The Coast Guard released a statement that said between 333,900 to 392,700 gallons of oil had been spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.
The damaged pipeline is located 40 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana and it's controlled by LLOG Exploration Company LLC, an offshore oil exploration company.
The company told reporters on Saturday that the pipeline has been secured. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the oil appears to be moving further into the Gulf and isn't expected to impact the Louisiana shoreline.
According to our local affiliate WEAR, the worst recorded oil spill in U.S. history was in 2010 when BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig released more than 3 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.