Oil leak capped in Cameron Parish marsh

by Brandon Richards bio | email

HACKBERRY, LA (KPLC-TV) – The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said about 50 barrels of oil have leaked from a broken pipeline in Cameron Parish.

DEQ also said the oil leak is now capped.

For the last week, crews have worked to stop a small oil leak in a marsh on the east side of Highway 27 north of Hackberry.

According to Clifton Hebert with the Cameron Office of Emergency Preparedness, the leak was a result of a broken pipeline.

Hebert said the leak did not threaten any people or wildlife in the area.

DEQ said clean-up is 95% complete.

An employee from Gulfport Energy confirmed to 7 News that the company is responsible for cleaning up the leak, but was not authorized to speak any further.

And this oil spill is not the only oil sighting that officials have to deal with.

According to the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, there have been 246 oil sightings in just the last eight days.

GOHSEP does not confirm whether each of the sightings is authentic, however state and local officials forward reports of oil sightings to the federal incident command center in Houma, where the Coast Guard and BP send crews out to

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