Coast Guard checks reported oil spill off Louisiana coast
A fisherman reported an apparent oil spill 'several miles' long near Venice, Louisiana on Wednesday morning.
Wed, Jun 08, 2011 at 04:48 PM
SPILL: A team is trying to determine whether the substance is actually oil, how much is spilled and where it came from, a Coast Guard spokesman said. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/Flickr)
HOUSTON - The Coast Guard is investigating a fisherman's report of an apparent oil spill "several miles" long near Venice, Louisiana, a Coast Guard spokesman said Wednesday.
A team was trying to determine whether the substance was actually oil, how much was spilled and where it came from, a Coast Guard spokesman said. He declined to predict what the findings would be.
"It's too early," the spokesman said.
A fisherman reported an "oily substance" in the water 2 miles southeast of Baptiste Collette Pass, early Wednesday morning, and four pollution investigators were sent to obtain samples for analysis, a news release said.
"The Coast Guard has opened and is using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund to begin mobilizing assets to quickly address the situation," the news release said.
(Reporting by Bruce Nichols)
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