Oil Pipeline Leaking into Louisiana Wildlife Refuge

From the story in the New Orleans Times Picayune:

_Crews worked Tuesday to contain the oil from a spill in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge the Coast Guard said. At approximately 1 a.m., Tuesday, Berry Brothers General Contractors notified the Coast Guard that oil was discharging into a canal located approximately 10 miles southeast of Venice. Chevron Pipeline Co., which operates the pipeline, reported that approximately 18,000 gallons of crude oil were released. The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office - Department of Public Safety and Corrections and Chevron responded to the spill to try and minimize damage to the refuge.

__The Coast Guard evaluated the spill by air and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Coast Guard had pollution investigators in response boats on scene assessing the oil's impact and monitoring clean-up efforts. Coast Guard Lt. Stephen Nutting said the Mississippi River has not been impacted by the spill. "Right now, we're trying to contain it in the refuge,'' he said_