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Bayou Sorrel oil spill bigger than original estimate

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BAYOU SORREL - On January 3, 2013, a pipeline burst spilling over 100 barrels of crude oil into the Frog Lake area of Bayou Sorrel.

Firefighters and Hazmat crews initiated a controlled burn last Saturday, which was unsuccessful. After a helicopter flyover this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the spill is contained, but the spill may be bigger now.

"Worst case discharge... 10,000 gallons," said USCG Commander Quincy Davis.

Cleanup efforts have been doubled and crews are now moping up the remaining oil by hand.

The spill has led the Coast Guard to open an investigation into the owner of the pipeline, Orb Exploration, who never filed a report with the National Response Center. By law every spill, no matter the size, is required to be reported.

The Coast Guard will also investigate why they weren't notified of the spill until a week after it happened.

Davis says this isn't the first time the Coast Guard has responded to this area.

"We have had oil spills in the area before," said Davis.


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