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Coast Guard: 4,200 gallon oil spill in south Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says about 4,200 gallons of crude oil has leaked from an abandoned oil pipeline near marshland in southeast Louisiana.

A Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard says the leak was reported and stopped Monday.

The line belongs to Hilcorp Energy of Houston. A company spokesman said he would have more information on the leak later Tuesday. The Coast Guard says Hilcorp has contracted with an organization to clean up the spill.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lora Ratliff says the leak happened at the edge of marshland along Lake Grand Ecaille (eh-KY’-uh), in an area of open water and coastal marshes roughly 60 miles southeast of New Orleans.

 

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