Efforts under way to cap La. oil leak

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Posted: Jul 28, 2010 7:39 AM
Updated: Jul 28, 2010 10:30 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: BP, Barataria Bay, Oil Spill, Coast Guard

A wild well company is working to cap a spewing wellhead that was hit a barge in a coastal inlet.

About 6,000 feet of containment boom is in place around the site in a lake just north of Barataria Bay, which has already been fouled by oil from the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Authorities say the mile-long slick from the latest leak is small compared with the Gulf spill.

The Coast Guard says the towboat was pushing the barge on Mud Lake when the barge hit the abandoned wellhead about 1 a.m. Tuesday. According to the Coast Guard, the towboat captain told investigators the well was not lit as required.

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