Thursday, August 6, 2009

Coast Guard says Eugene Island oil leak cleanup completed

HOUSTON - Workers on Aug. 3 finished cleaning up 1,500 barrels of crude oil that leaked from the Eugene Island pipeline, according to a joint news release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard and operator Shell Pipeline Co.

Shell said it would repair and restart the line but did not say when.

The pipeline was shut down July 25 after the leak was discovered 33 miles off Houma, La.

Some 80,000 of the 100,000 b/d of crude oil the line was carrying when the leak occurred has been rerouted, Shell said earlier.

Divers found a crack in the line. Shell has given no other details about the damage, what might have caused it or how it might be fixed.

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