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.