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   Cleanup Begins at Texas Oil Spill

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mercredi 27 décembre 2006
statut de l'article : public
citations de l'article provenant de : The Guardian


A ruptured offshore pipeline that spilled 42,500 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico kept leaking Wednesday as crews began the cleanup, a Coast Guard official said.

The rupture, at a site about 30 miles southeast of Galveston, was leaking at a rate of about 500 gallons per day, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Mario Romero. He said a diving crew was being sent Wednesday to fix it.

Crews began skimming operations and would continue as long as the seas remained calm, Romero said.

The spill occurred after a portion of the High Island Pipeline System ruptured early Sunday. Pipeline owner Plains All American Pipeline shut down the line after detecting a praid the spill had spread to a light sheen more than 4 miles long and 80 yards at its widest spot. He said the Coast Guard was conducting aerial overviews to gauge the size of the spill.

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