Louisiana oil spill cleanup being monitored by the Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard was monitoring an oil spill cleanup on Thursday, four days after it poured into a Louisiana swamp southwest of Baton Rouge.

An estimated 4,000 gallons of oil spilled Sunday while WCC Energy Group LLC was piping oil from wellheads into a barge tank used for storage, Coast Guard spokesman Riley Perkofski said in emails.

A call to WCC Energy Group’s office was not immediately returned.

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The Coast Guard has not received any reports of oiled wildlife, and the spill’s cause is being investigated, a news release said.

The spill occurred near Bayou Sorrel in Iberville Parish, at a site about 20 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, Perkofski said.

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An oil spill cleanup near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is being monitored by the Coast Guard.

An oil spill cleanup near Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is being monitored by the Coast Guard.

The company stopped the spill and hired a cleanup company, the news release said. It said OMI Environmental Solutions has put oil-absorbing boom around the spill, with a skimmer and absorbent materials inside it to recover oil.

Federal regulations classify a 4,000-gallon spill as medium sized.

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Bayou Sorrel became notorious in Louisiana after fumes at a hazardous waste dump, also about 20 miles southwest of Baton Rouge, killed a 19-year-old trucker. Kirtley Jackson’s death prompted the legislature to pass Louisiana’s first hazardous waste law in 1978. The 265-acre dump was cleaned up as a Superfund site, and was taken off the Superfund list in 1997.