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Second oil disaster in La. averted

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Posted: May 1, 2010 2:46 AM by Matthew Wattigny
Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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Topics: oil rig, tipped over, Coast Guard, Morgan City, Charenton navigational canal, diesel fuel, mobile inland drilling unit

Louisiana avoided what would have been its second oil disaster in just more than a week.

A rig known as an mobile inland drilling unit tipped over Friday afternoon in the Charenton navigational canal south of U.S. Highway 90 near Morgan City. The U.S. Coast Guard responded, deploying containment boom as a precaution.

The rig can carry 20,000 gallons of diesel fuel. However, the Coast Guard reports it was empty because it had just been cleaned and was headed to a scrapyard. No leak was reported, and there were no injuries.

At last update, the Coast Guard did not know what caused the rig to tip, and a salvage plan was in development for Coast Guard approval.

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