Oil Spills After Vessel Hits Pipeline

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VENICE, La. (AP) - The Coast Guard said a vessel apparently struck a pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving behind an oil spill about two miles by eight miles in size

The Coast Guard said the well was owned by Houston-based Boise de Arc. Yesterday's spill was about eight miles from the east bank of Plaquemines Parish in Louisiana. Cleanup efforts were under way to keep the oil from reaching shore.

The leak was stopped and authorities were searching for the vessel that may have struck the pipeline.