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Abandoned Pipeline Spills Crude Oil in Barataria Bay

Posted by July 27, 2016

  • Approximately eight square miles was effected by the estimated 4,200 gallons of crude reportedly released by Hilcorp Energy near Lake Grande Ecaille, July 25, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Hilcorp Energy)
  • Two vessels from Environmental Safety and Health deploy boom, July 25, 2016, in response to an estimated 4,200-gallon discharge of crude oil near Lake Grande Ecaille. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans)

An abandoned flow line near Lake Grande Ecaille has reportedly discharged an estimated 4,200 gallons of crude oil, Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The pipeline belongs to Hilcorp Energy, and the source of the discharge was reported as secured, Monday. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

The oil spill response organization Environmental Safety and Health has been contracted by Hilcorp Energy to conduct cleanup operations, and the Coast Guard, NOAA, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are also overseeing the response.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrews have conducted aerial assessments of the site and surrounding areas.

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