A barge spilled about 500 gallons of diesel oil into the Mississippi River during a fuel transfer in Reserve, upstream from New Orleans.
United States Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dochtermann said a fuel line burst while transferring diesel Monday evening.
The Coast Guard said in a statement that the barge is owned by Reserve-based company Custom Fuel Services, which began containing the spill shortly afterward. Dochtermann says the ES&H organization is handling the cleanup.
Dochtermann says the cause is under investigation, and it’s too early to determine any environmental damage.
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St. Charles Parish Emergency Coordinator Michael Tregre says the spill isn’t expected to spread to Jefferson Parish.