Pipeline Rupture Causes Offshore Oil Spill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Dive crews will inspect a ruptured pipeline today to determine the extent of damage after a 42-thousand-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A spill occurred this weekend about 30 miles southeast of Galveston after a rupture in a medium crude oil pipeline.

A state wildlife official says the environmental harm of the spill should be minimal because the population of juvenile fish is low at this time of year.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say the spill could bring some tar balls to the Texas shore. But they say that's unlikely because the winds and currents were carrying the sheen away from the coast.

Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline operates the pipeline. The company was trying to contain the spill yesterday by sucking the oil out of the line.

The cause of the rupture is still under investigation.

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