Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill

80K gallons spilled from Louisiana pipeline over weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 30, 2012 11:15 AM CDT
Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill
This Oct. 26, 2006, file photo shows an Exxon logo at a gas station in Dallas.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Amid reports of eyeless shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico, some good news for BP: There's a new oil spill, and it's not theirs. Rather, Exxon Mobil is cleaning up about 80,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a pipeline in rural Louisiana. The company says the pipeline was shut down Saturday night after a loss of pressure. The spilled oil was discovered yesterday in Pointe Coupee Parish, northwest of Baton Rouge.

No injuries have been reported. The company doesn't yet know what caused the pipeline to break. Exxon Mobil says vacuum trucks are cleaning up the site, and air is being monitored for quality. The oil came from a 22-inch pipeline that originates in St. James Parish southeast of Baton Rouge and carries crude oil to northern Louisiana. Exxon Mobil says that federal regulators have been informed and that the cleanup is being coordinated with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. (More Gulf oil spill stories.)

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