The containment system is now actively collecting oil.

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The installation of the containment system is considered a major milestone in the US Coast Guard’s efforts to contain the Taylor Energy MC20 oil spill that has impacted the waters off the Gulf Coast for 14 years.

Commenting on the new system, Capt. Kristi Luttrell, the Coast Guard’s federal on-scene coordinator for the incident, said that after monitoring the system for several weeks we have determined that the system is meeting federal containment standards.

The system is working and the once predominately large surface sheen has been reduced to barely visible. USCG will now continue to monitor the containment system’s performance and make necessary adjustments to maximize containment of the spill.