Coast Guard responds to oil spill off Louisiana coast
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The U.S. Coast Guard responded to an oil spill off Louisiana's coast that spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill, located about 90 miles south of Timbalier Island, La., occurred Thursday at 11 a.m.
A Coast Guard spokesperson says that an estimated 88,200 gallons of oil spilled from a Shell Flow Line, which has been isolated. Shell says that the oil isn't expected to reach the shoreline and that no wildlife has been injured.
A local energy expert says that despite stricter regulations being placed on oil companies following the 2011 BP Oil Spill, accidents still happen from time to time, especially considering how many pipe lines are in operation.
"They inspect their pipelines on a regular basis but with that sheer volume of pipe working and 1.6 million barrels of day flowing through that system, things happen," said Eric Smith with Tulane Energy Institute. Smith says that this spill would be considered on the smaller scale by the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard continues to use skimming vessels to clean up the oil.
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating the incident to determine the cause of the spill.
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