Oil slicks visible in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricane Ida

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows oil slicks off the coast of southeastern Louisiana near Port Fourchon, a major hub of the oil and gas industry.

Two weeks ago, Hurricane Ida disrupted up to 95 percent of the region’s crude oil and gas production and damaged both operational and abandoned pipelines and structures. It is not yet known how much oil has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to NASA, several federal and state agencies and some private companies are working to find and contain oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard says it is prioritizing nearly 350 reported incidents of pollution in the Gulf and in Louisiana.

The natural-color image was captured on September 3, 2021 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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