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Oil From Broken Pipe Leaks Into Gulf Off Louisiana Coast

  • Associated Press

FILE - A worker picks up blobs of oil with absorbent snare on Queen Bess Island at the mouth of Barataria Bay near the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana in June 2010. An oil leak this week occurred about 40 miles southeast of the unincorporated community of Venice, which is also in Plaquemines Parish.

The U.S. Coast Guard is responding to an oil leak off the coast of Louisiana.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a news release Friday that oil spewed out of a fractured underwater pipe in the Gulf of Mexico about 64 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Venice, Louisiana.

The offshore oil and gas operator LLOG Exploration Offshore said 7,950 to 9,350 barrels of oil were released before the leak was halted. There were no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard said it was flying over the area Saturday and had spotted three sheens. Officials said any surface oil that appeared would most likely move southwest and not affect the shoreline.

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