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Coast Guard investigating Bayou Sorrel oil spill

3 years 8 months 5 days ago January 20, 2013 Jan 20, 2013 Sunday, January 20 2013 January 20, 2013 12:33 AM in News
By: AE Stevenson

BAYOU SORREL - Some 5,000 gallons of oil has poured out from a pipe into the swamp in Frog Lake. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard and a clean up crew took to boats to try and clean up the mess.

The company that owns the pipeline, Orb Exploration, never filed a report with the National Response Center (NRC), but they are required to do so. The Coast Guard has launched it's own investigation into why this requirement was sidestepped.

The Coast Guard adds that this isn't the first time the pipeline has created environmental problems, but perhaps the most lingering question is why it took so long for the Coast Guard to be alerted to the ruptured line. It took a week before the Coast Guard knew there was a problem.

Saturday, the Coast Guard and hazmat crews started a controlled burn that created miles of black smoke in the air. Enviornmentalists say it will not cause any harm to the area's wildlife.

News2 reached out to Orb Exploration for comment Saturday afternoon, but recieved no response. The crews will continue to clean up the area throughout next week.

 

BAYOU SORREL - Some 5,000 gallons of oil has poured out from a pipe into the swamp in Frog Lake. Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard and a clean up crew took to boats to try and clean up the mess.

The company that owns the pipeline, Orb Exploration, never filed a report with the National Response Center (NRC), but they are required to do so. The Coast Guard has launched it's own investigation into why this requirement was sidestepped.

The Coast Guard adds that this isn't the first time the pipeline has created environmental problems, but perhaps the most lingering question is why it took so long for the Coast Guard to be alerted to the ruptured line. It took a week before the Coast Guard knew there was a problem.

Saturday, the Coast Guard and HAZMAT crews started a controlled burn that created miles of black smoke in the air. Environmentalists say it will not cause any harm to the area's wildlife.

News2 reached out to Orb Exploration for comment Saturday afternoon, but received no response. The crews will continue to clean up the area throughout next week.

 

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