Oil spill in Louisiana bayou, Coast Guard investigating cause

Crews are working in the Louisiana bayou to contain the spill using oil containment boom like this one used to clear an oil spill on the coast of California. [CBS News]

NEW ORLEANS, LA (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says an unknown amount of crude oil has spilled into a bayou in southern Louisiana.

The Coast Guard says in a statement Monday night it received a report around 8:00 PM that a tanker on Bayou Teche near Morgan City was being filled with crude oil when the spill began.

The statement says the source of the spill has been secured and crews have deployed more than 200 yards of oil spill containment boom.

Local media reports some residents of nearby St. Mary Parish were advised to shelter in place.

The cause of the spill is under investigation. The Coast Guard says the spill was reported by PSC Industrial Outsourcing. The company couldn’t immediately be reached by news media early Tuesday.

A stretch of the 135-mile-long waterway will be closed to commercial traffic during the cleanup.

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