- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on a pipeline lead that the Coast Guard says released up to 4,200 gallons of oil in southeast Louisiana (all times local):

6 p.m.

The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s office says a malfunctioning valve led to an oil spill in southeast Louisiana.

The Coast Guard says the leak happened in an abandoned pipeline near marshland along Lake Grand Ecaille (eh-KY’-uh). The area of coastal marshes and open water is about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans in Plaquemines Parish.

Hilcorp Energy of Houston owns the line. Spokesman Justin Furnace said in an email the leak was stopped and contained and cleanup has begun. The company estimates that anywhere from 1,260 gallons to 4,200 gallons leaked. The Coast Guard said the leak was reported Monday morning.



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3:15 p.m.

An energy company says it’s investigating the cause of a leak in an abandoned pipeline in southeast Louisiana.

A Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard says the leak happened in an abandoned line near marshland along Lake Grand Ecaille (eh-KY’-uh). The area of coastal marshes and open water is about 60 miles southeast of New Orleans in Plaquemines Parish.

Hilcorp Energy of Houston owns the line. Spokesman Justin Furnace said in an email the leak was stopped and contained and cleanup has begun. The company estimates that anywhere from 1,260 gallons to 4,200 gallons leaked. The Coast Guard said the leak was reported Monday morning.

Furnace says it’s too early to speculate on the cause.

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1 p.m.

The Coast Guard says about 4,200 gallons of crude oil has leaked from an abandoned oil pipeline near marshland in southeast Louisiana.

A Tuesday news release from the Coast Guard says the leak was reported and stopped Monday.

The line belongs to Hilcorp Energy of Houston. A company spokesman said he would have more information on the leak later Tuesday. The Coast Guard says Hilcorp has contracted with an organization to clean up the spill.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Lora Ratliff says the leak happened at the edge of marshland along Lake Grand Ecaille (eh-KY’-uh), in an area of open water and coastal marshes roughly 60 miles southeast of New Orleans.

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