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1 million gallons of oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico in a true environmental catastrophe

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The U.S. Coast Guard said Monday that an estimated 1.1 million gallons of crude oil has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico near a pipeline off the coast of Louisiana. Officials are concerned about the oil’s potential impact on endangered and threatened species. 

The Coast Guard first reported seeing the spill on Friday, saying that an aircrew had identified the leak. In their last update on Tuesday, officials said the leak is near the 67-mile-long Main Pass Oil Gathering company’s pipeline system near Louisiana’s Plaquemines Parish. It was not specified when the leak began, but officials said the pipeline was closed down at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday.

A Clean Gulf Associates 95-foot response vessel skims crude oil approximately 4 miles southeast of South Pass Louisiana, on Nov. 17, 2023. A Unified Command composed of the Coast Guard, Main Pass Oil Gathering Company, LLC, and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office is coordinating measures to assess, contain, and mitigate the impact of the spill. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO, COURTESY CLEAN GULF ASSOCIATES

“The volume of discharged oil is currently unknown,” officials said Tuesday. “…Initial engineering calculations indicate the potential volume of crude oil that could have been released from the affected pipeline is 1.1 million gallons.” 

On Facebook, the Coast Guard said that oil was “skimmed and sampled” roughly four miles southeast of South Pass, Louisiana on Friday, at which point they retrieved about 210 gallons of “oily-water mixture.” More oil was retrieved on Sunday about 13 miles southeast of the parish. 

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