US authorities are investigating a possible oil spill off the coast of Louisiana after Hurricane Ida swept the area last Sunday. A special US environmental agency plane is en route from Texas with equipment on board to detect oil leaks.
The AP news agency reported on Wednesday that a kilometres long oil leak would have been detected based on aerial photos. An oil refinery along the Mississippi River is said to have been hit by the hurricane.
The New York Times reported earlier this week that the state of Louisiana has 17 oil refineries and accounts for one-fifth of the United States’ total oil production. In addition, previous hurricanes caused oil spills.
Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana last Sunday, and catastrophic wind speeds caused massive damage, especially to the electrical grid. Five days later, a large part of the state is still without electricity, and the water supply has also been cut in many places.
Ida, now weakened to a tropical storm, caused flooding and a number of tornadoes in the states of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on Wednesday. As a result, at least 44 people were killed in the area.