5,300-Gallon Oil Spill Being Cleaned Up in South Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a south Louisiana pipeline has been secured and authorities are investigating what caused roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil to leak near Bay Long.

The Coast Guard in New Orleans received a report Monday about the leak from a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company. The pipeline was struck by a Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company vessel that was doing excavation.

An oil spill response organization, ECM Maritime Services, has been contracted to manage cleanup.

About 3,000 feet of hard boom have been put out, and sorbent material and skimmers are collecting the oil. The Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are also helping supervise the response.

Coast Guard crews have conducted aerial assessments of the site and nearby areas.

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