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Coast Guard: Well leaks up to 4,200 gallons of oil

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says an oil well leaked up to 4,200 gallons of crude oil near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard says the spill on Tuesday came from a well owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Co. The spill is close to Main Pass, which is in the area where the Mississippi flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

The agency says the company has hired OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean Gulf Associates to clean up the spill.

The Coast Guard, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana OilSpill Coordinator’s Office and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are overseeing the response.

The Coast Guard says the cause of the spill is under investigation.


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