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Correction: Oil Spill-Planned Burn story

August 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a story Aug. 20 about an oil spill in Plaquemines Parish, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a firebreak would be dug around an area where a controlled burn would be conducted. A marsh firebreak is not dug. It’s created by driving a boat around the area to temporarily push plants down into the water.

The AP also misidentified the pipeline in question as coming from a single well. The Coast Guard described it Wednesday as carrying oil or gas from multiple wells to a production facility.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Coast Guard: 800-to-1000-gallon oil spill to be burned

The Coast Guard plans to burn off oil that spilled last week in a marsh about 42 miles south-southeast of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard plans to burn off oil that spilled last week in a marsh about 42 miles (more than 65 kilometers) south-southeast of New Orleans.

A news release said the burn will take place Wednesday if weather allows, or otherwise Thursday.

About 800 to 1,000 gallons (3,000 to 3,800 liters) of oil spilled last week from a Time Energy LLC pipe at Cox Bay in Plaquemines Parish, Petty Officer John Michelli said Tuesday. The pipe carried oil or gas from multiple smaller lines to a production facility, he said Wednesday.

The spill doesn’t appear to have hurt wildlife, and key federal agencies agreed that a controlled burn was the best way to deal with the spill, according to a Coast Guard news release.

The Coast Guard said it was working with Time Energy and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office on the controlled burn, which was expected to start at 8 a.m. and last until 4 p.m.

Michelli said a marsh firebreak would be created by driving a boat around the area, temporarily flattening plants into the water to ensure that the fire doesn’t spread, and fire crews would be stationed around it.

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