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Coast Guard responds to platform natural gas release near Corpus Christi

Coast Guard responds to platform natural gas release near Corpus Christi, Texas
Coast Guard responds to platform natural gas release near Corpus Christi, Texas
Posted at 4:37 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 17:50:20-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard responded to a report of an oil platform natural gas release approximately three miles offshore of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tuesday.

The Coast Guard received a report of white smoke billowing with a loud and consistent jet engine-like sound from a Magellan E&P owned platform three miles from Bob Hall Pier, according to a release from the Coast Guard.

A helicopter crew was launched to conduct an overflight assessment of the platform with Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office (TGLO) personnel aboard.

A safety zone was issued around the platform establishing a 1,000 ft. perimeter. A pollution response team and TGLO responders remain stationed onshore near Bob Hall Pier to monitor for potential pollution. Magellan E&P activated Witt O’Brien’s for its response management and coordination.

The platform is an unmanned producing platform that produces natural gas, condensate, and water. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality continues air monitoring near Bob Hall Pier and are currently reporting virtually no traces of methane, stated in the release. The Texas Railroad Commission is on scene and will oversee response to the natural gas release and repairs to the platform.

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