Oil company tied to sheen off Louisiana

/ Source: msnbc.com news services

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.