Video: Officials find source of Louisiana oil slick

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    >>> it's a sickening sight in the waters off the shore of louisiana. more oil, and now more containment boom and cleanup crews, just as they are still trying to recover from last year's catastrophic spill and environmental disaster . tonight louisiana state officials say they have traced the spill to an oil company based in houston, texas, but the company's offshore partner says they're surprised the oil has been traced to one of their closed wells because they said they were only aware of a discharge of five gallons of oil. they had been working on permanently plugging a well when the spill took place. the slick has now spread over a 30-mile area. they say they will pay for the cleanup.

msnbc.com news services
updated 3/23/2011 7:08:05 PM ET 2011-03-23T23:08:05

An oil company has come forward to say it is responsible for an oily sheen across 30 miles of waters off Grand Isle, La., saying it was surprised since it only reported a few gallons of spilled crude, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Wednesday.

Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners, based in Houston, acknowledged it was told by the Coast Guard that it may be responsible, the Times-Picayune stated.

The well was nonproducing and was being capped when the accident happened, the company said, adding that it estimated fewer than five gallons had spilled.

State crews earlier came across workers trying to cap the well with a remotely operated submarine.

The company said the well was completely shut down Tuesday night.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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