Oil leak cleanup begins in Delta Wildlife Refuge


VENICE, La. (AP) — Federal and state officials will burn an area of the Delta National Wildlife Refuge that was contaminated by a 2,100 gallon crude oil leak discovered last week.

The Advocate reports ( ) the source of the spill was a breach in a bulk oil line buried underneath the marsh.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Texas Petroleum Investment Co. was identified as the responsible party.

The breach has been repaired, and the line will not be used for future production.

About 10 acres of freshwater marsh in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge, located southeast of Venice in Plaquemines Parish, was impacted by the oil.

During the burn, Octave Pass will be closed to mariners on Tuesday and will be reopened when the burn is complete.


Information from: The Advocate,

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