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Coast Guard working to clean oil, gas leak in Louisiana

December 11, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard is cleaning oil, gas and water leaking from a well in Louisiana.

News outlets reported the Coast Guard was notified of the leak in Rattlesnake Bayou near Port Sulphur on Sunday.

The Coast Guard says the well produces more than 5,000 gallons (18,900 liters) of oil a day.

The Coast Guard says five response and oil recovery vessels and four shoreline cleanup vessels are working on the effort.

The agency said more than 1,700 feet (520 meters) of hard boom and 2,000 feet (600 meters) of absorbent boom have been set up to contain and collect the oil.

The Coast Guard said Monday it had collected about 630 gallons (2,380 liters) of oily water from the area.

The cause of the leak is under investigation.