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95 percent of oil cleaned on Calcasieu Ship Channel

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CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Responders to Thursday's oil spill on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, right outside of the Calcasieu Refinery, have about 95 percent of the oil cleaned up.

The spill came from a barge. The spill is contained and responders are working as fast as possible to get the spill cleaned up.

It's considered a minor spill that happened about 10 miles down the channel from Lake Charles. The Lake Charles Coast Guard's Chief of Response is Lt. Tony Moré.

"We saw no impact to the shoreline and especially no impact to the shipping channel, which is what we're always concerned about," Moré said.

Anything under 10,000 gallons of oil is considered minor. This mess is estimated at about 420 gallons or about 10 barrels of oil.

Moré said it happened when a barge transferring oil had pulled away from the dock.

"The line that was the hose it was using to transfer the oil separated spilling oil into the water," Moré said.

Cleanup began almost immediately near Calcasieu Refining with the Coast Guard on scene to make sure it's done properly.

"They're just getting pockets of oil that were trapped beneath the pier system and we're working closely with them as well," Moré said.

Enterprise Marine Services owns the barge and is paying for the cleanup. And although it's an accident, it's an environmental emergency responders take seriously.

"We have a lot of industry here in the area. We work very close with industry to ensure that accidents like this don't happen. And for the most part, as you can see, our waters are clean and we do a really great job with responding to some of these spills when they occur on a sometimes monthly basis," Moré said.

Civil penalties may be issued in cases where oil is spilled on the water, but right now the case is still ongoing. 

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