Hole in pipeline leaks oil into Louisiana marsh
NEW ORLEANS - The U.S. Coast Guard says a hole in a pipeline has leaked oil into a marsh about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New Orleans.
XTO Energy spokesman Jeremy Eikenberry said Friday that the leak occurred Nov. 22 on a flow line, which transports product from wells to a nearby storage facility. The Fort Worth, Texas-based XTO owns the pipeline.
The Coast Guard reports that about 1,260 gallons (4,679 liters) of oil have been recovered from the marsh near Pointe a la Hache and the leak has been secured.
Eikenberry says the well was shut after the leak was discovered and will remain so until cleanup is completed.
The Coast Guard says a controlled burn was conducted Friday to remove the remaining oil from the marsh.
The cause of the spill is under investigation.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
National Guardsman surprises younger brother following Afghanistan deployment
Plane tickets from BTR to ATL sold out ahead of SEC Championship
Attorney claims teen was on drugs when questioned about deadly bus stop...
WATCH: Brazen thieves use pick-up to drag ATM through storefront in Iberville...
Saints owner Gayle Benson joins News 2 to talk huge donation for...