A tow boats slammed into an abandoned well north of a bay already hit by crude from the Gulf oil spill, sending a plume of oil and gas spewing into the air Tuesday.
The boat hit the wellhead near Mud Lake early in the day. No one was hurt.
The well is abandoned, the US Coast Guard said, and a company called Environmental Safety and Health Inc. hired for the cleanup was on site by the afternoon.
Jefferson Parish Councilman Chris Roberts said he was confident the leak and spill would be stopped quickly.
He was concerned, however, because the leak stopped water traffic leading into Barataria Bay. That could hamper efforts to send out oil-fighting equipment that was moved inland ahead of last week's Tropical Storm Bonnie.