Oil spews from Louisiana oil well

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Posted: Jul 27, 2010 10:01 AM
Updated: Jul 27, 2010 11:38 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Coast Guard, Barataria Bay, Jefferson Parish, Chris Roberts

The Coast Guard says a towing vessel hit an oil well early Tuesday in a waterway north of Barataria Bay in south Louisiana and there are reports of oil spewing from the damaged wellhead.

Jefferson Parish Council member Chris Roberts says oil is spewing from the well. And the Coast Guard has received reports of an oil sheen in Mud Lake, north of Barataria Bay - an area where officials have been trying to head off invasions of oil from the BP oil rig disaster to the south.

The extent of the damage and the amount of oil leaking are not yet known.

Photo courtesy: Chris Roberts, Jefferson Parish

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