Divers at an ongoing oil spill site in the Gulf of Mexico moved from an undersea trench and identified the source as a one-foot-diameter pipeline that was sheared in half by hurricane Ida.
Talos Energy, a Houston-based company that is currently paying for cleanup, said in a statement released Sunday night that the destroyed pipeline was not theirs.
The company said it is working with the US Coast Guard and other state and federal agencies to coordinate responses and identify owners of ruptured pipelines.
The Associated Press first reported on Wednesday that aerial photographs showed a mile-long brown and black oil slick that stretched about two miles (3.22 kilometers) south of Port Forcheon, Louisiana.
According to Talos, the rate of oil eruption from submarine pipes has slowed dramatically in the last 48 hours, with no new heavy black crude oil seen on the final day. Two 95-foot response vessels are staying at the spill site, attempting to contain and recover oil from the surface.