Coast Guard responds to oil spill off Louisiana coast

The Coast Guard responded to an oil spill off the coast of Louisiana on Saturday, in which an estimated 9,000 barrels spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. 

LLOG Exploration Company LLC, a privately-owned deepwater exploration company, reported the spill, which occurred 40 miles southeast of Venice, La., according to The Wall Street Journal.


The company estimated that between 7,950 and 9,350 barrels spilled, and that the flow had been stopped. 

Workers discovered the spill on Thursday morning. 

The Coast Guard said that the spill is unlikely to affect the shoreline due to its southwest trajectory. 

The oil spill comes roughly seven years after an explosion at a drilling rig known as the Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the deaths of 11 people and the spill of 4 million barrels of crude oil. 

Regulations have helped prevent spills of that magnitude from occurring since, though there were three reported spills of over 50 barrels in 2016.