Oil spill from pipeline second from same company within a month

Oil spill


About 420 gallons of crude oil spilled from a damaged disposal line Friday (Dec. 14) near Garden Island Bay at the foot of Plaquemines Parish, according to the US Coast Guard. It’s the second oil spill within a month from equipment owned by the same Texas-based company.

In a news release, the Coast Court reported officials were notified just before 4 p.m. Friday that a damaged saltwater disposal line owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Company had discharged oil. Response crews deployed about 2,000 feet of containment boom to capture the oil, the Coast Guard said. The agency says the spill’s source has been secured.

The Coast Guard is advising fishing vessels to be mindful of response crews that may be working in the area. Tune in to VHF radio channel 16 for marine safety information and alerts for fishing vessels near the spill area.

Recently, a Texas Petroleum Investment Company-owned pipeline spilled 1,680 gallons of crude oil last month in a marsh near Dulac in Terrbonne Parish. The Coast Guard and other agencies used fire to clean up the oil, officials said.

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