Eighteen Thousand Gallons of Oil Spills Into Wildlife Refuge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a pipeline has spilled 18,000
gallons of crude oil into a canal in a wildlife refuge about 60
miles southeast of New Orleans.

A bird covered by thick coatings of the fuel oil spill from a tanker hopping weakly along the shore near Port Kavkaz, on the Russian Black Sea,Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a pipeline has spilled 18,000
gallons of crude oil into a canal in a wildlife refuge about 60
miles southeast of New Orleans.

There was no immediate word about the extent of damage at the
Delta National Wildlife Refuge.

The Coast Guard says Chevron Pipe Line Co. has closed off the
leaking section and investigators are evaluating the spill from a
plane.

The Coast Guard says it learned about the spill about 1 a.m.
Tuesday and is investigating the cause.

The refuge covers nearly 49,000 acres of marsh in Plaquemines
Parish, near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It holds a number
of bird rookeries and provides a place for migratory birds to rest
as well as winter habitat for ducks and other wild fowl.

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