Officials believe the fuel leak has been occurring for some time. It was first spotted late last month – and an October 2020 inspection revealed external corrosion of the pipe in the area where the leak occurred, according to federal records.
Jan. 13 (News) – A corroding pipeline near New Orleans cracked or ruptured sometime in recent years, spilling more than 300,000 gallons of diesel fuel into two ponds, killing large numbers of wildlife, federal officials say.
It is not known exactly how long the pipeline was leaking. The pipe owner spent $ 500,000 to repair the leaking section of pipe after it was found on Dec. 27.
Fish, birds and other wildlife died as a result of the fuel spill, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fishery said.
Department spokesman Robert Trye Iles said nearly 130 of the animals – including dozens of alligators, birds, snakes and turtles – had been captured and were being rehabilitated.
The official said the spill was found near a dam in St. Bernard Parish, east of downtown New Orleans.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration documents say the spill came from a 16-inch diameter pipeline operated by Collins Pipeline Co.