Coast Guard Says Oil Spilling from Pipeline Near Port Arthur

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PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) - U.S. Coast Guard officials say about 2,000 gallons of crude oil have been released into the Gulf of Mexico after a pipeline ruptured near Port Arthur.

The pipeline ruptured Monday about four miles offshore of McFaddin Beach.

Coast Guard officials say the ruptured pipeline belongs to Tammany Oil & Gas LLC, a Houston- based firm that acquires oil and gas properties.

Officials determined the pipeline was leaking from two places but pressure on the structure has been secured, slowing down to a minimal rate the release of oil.

Two boats are cleaning up the spill. A team of divers will begin securing the pipeline today.

The cause of the leak is still being investigated.