Posted: Apr 8, 2010 2:22 PM by Letitia Walker
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says crews have laid more
than two miles of floats to keep spilled oil out of sensitive
marshlands in and near a remote national wildlife refuge.
Lt. Stephen Nutting says that as of midmorning Thursday, 12,500
feet of containment boom had been set out in the Delta National
Wildlife Refuge, Breton Sound and the Gulf of Mexico.
About 18,000 gallons of oil spilled Tuesday from a pipeline in
the heart of the 76-square-mile refuge near the mouth of the
Nutting says the spill was reported about 1 a.m. Tuesday by the
dredge Capt. Beauford - a "spud barge," which uses a large pipe
or timber to anchor itself.
Nutting has said the incident is under investigation, so he
cannot comment on whether the "spud" damaged the pipeline.