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Oil leak from well in Jefferson Parish capped

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Posted: Aug 2, 2010 6:17 AM
Updated: Aug 2, 2010 10:23 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Coast Guard, leak, abandoned, oil, well, Bayou St. Denis, Jefferson Parish, capped

The Coast Guard says a leak from an abandoned oil well on Bayou St. Denis in southern Jefferson Parish has been capped.

Capt. John Arenstam says the leak was capped shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday.

A barge struck the long abandoned well on July 27.

Oil skimming and recovery operations continue in nearby Mud Lake.

Approximately 35 barrels, or 1,470 gallons of oily water mix, have been recovered, the Coast Guard says.

An estimate of the total leak was not available but officials previously had said the well was mostly spewing gas with a small amount of oil.

State officials an assessment of shoreline impact from the leak will begin on Monday.

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