© Reuters. The Mississippi River Long Distance Sediment Pipeline Project is seen in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, August 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/File Photo
(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday said it was still looking for the source of a leak from an underwater pipeline off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico that it estimated had released more than a million gallons of .
The 67-mile long pipeline was closed by Main Pass Oil Gathering Co (MPOG) on Thursday morning, after crude oil was spotted around 19 miles offshore of the Mississippi River Delta, near Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans.
“Overflight teams observed visible oil Friday moving southwest away from the Louisiana shore,” the Coast Guard said, as oil recovery efforts continued and underwater devices surveyed the pipeline to find the leak’s source.
While the exact volume of discharged oil was not known, the Coast Guard, which was leading the clean-up, said initial engineering calculations placed the volume of the leak at 1.1 million gallons, or 26,190 barrels.
It added that there were no reported injuries or shoreline impacts so far, and the cause of the leak was under…
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