Not again! A new oil spill hits Louisiana
Oil and gas escapes after tug boat hits platform south of New Orleans
A tug boat pushing a barge close to marshlands south of New Orleans accidentally hit an oil platform yesterday, sending a plume of oil and gas 100ft into the air and creating an oil slick a mile long.
A clean-up crew already working on the BP Macondo spill was immediately dispatched to the area and a boom was placed around the spill. The well is owned by Cedyco, a company based in Houston, Texas.
Normally, the area would be occupied by fishermen, shrimpers and oystermen.
But because of the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe on April 20, they are no longer working in the region.
The leak is at least the third unrelated oil spill in the Gulf since the Deepwater oil rig exploded. "We cannot catch a break," said Deano Bonano, emergency management director for Jefferson Parish, where thousands have seen their livelihoods wrecked by the BP spill.
A spokesman for the US Coast Guard said the federal Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, funded by a tax on oil companies, would be used to pay for the emergency response. ·
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