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Company to hold meeting on decade-old oil leak in Gulf
BATON ROUGE - The company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will hold a public meeting next month to disclose details of its efforts to stop chronic slicks from forming off Louisiana's coast.
The Jan. 20 forum in Baton Rouge was a requirement of Taylor Energy Co.'s settlement in September with environmental groups, which accused the company of withholding information about the leak.
In 2004, waves whipped up by Hurricane Ivan triggered an underwater mudslide that toppled a Taylor-owned platform and buried a cluster of its wells. Oil is still leaking at the site more than 11 years later, with slicks often stretching for miles.
Federal regulators estimate the leak could last a century or more if left unchecked.
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