What to know about Gulf of Mexico oil spill
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What to know about the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
A pipeline leak spilled more than 1 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
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It appears to have started near New Orleans
Coast Guard officials say the origin of the leak appears to be near the Main Pass Oil Gathering company’s pipeline system, located around Plaquemines Parish, La., southeast of New Orleans.
The leak was first reported to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Thursday morning
It’s much bigger than the average oil spill in U.S. waters
Thousands of oil spills occur in U.S. waters every year, though most are a single barrel or less of oil.
Over the last 50 years, at least 44 spills have released more than 420,000 gallons each.
Initial assessments indicate the latest Gulf spill is at least 1.1 million gallons.
It’s still far short of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster
The Deepwater Horizon disaster, which began on April 20, 2010, is the largest known aquatic oil spill in U.S. history.
It began with an explosion on a marine platform, injuring 17 and causing the disappearance of 11 workers whose bodies were never recovered.
That spill discharged some 134 million gallons into the Gulf.
Read more in a full report at TheHill.com.
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