Coast Guard: Shell line leaks 88,200 gallons into the Gulf

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NEW ORLEANS (KLFY/AP)— An estimated 88,200 gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday May 12, 2016, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard informs KLFY News 10 that the military branch responded to a crude oil spill that was reportedly discharged from a Shell subsea well-head flow line.

The spill was approximately 90 miles South of Timbalier Island Louisiana.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash, tells the Associated Press that the leak has been secured.

News 10 is told that Marine Spill Response Corporation and Clean Gulf Associates who have been contracted by Shell to begin clean-up and containment operations.

Officials say the oil leaked from a line connecting four wells in the Green Canyon area of the Gulf to Shell’s Brutus platform and has left a miles-long sheen.

Aircrew with the Coast Guard Aviation crew is conducting an aerial assessment of the site and surrounding areas.

The cause of the incident is currently being investigated and no injuries have been reported at this time.



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