Gas pipeline erupts in flame after barge strike

A tugboat pushing an oil barge crashed into a gas pipeline in a Louisiana bayou located about 30 miles south of New Orleans on March 12.

A tugboat pushing an oil barge crashed into a gas pipeline in a Louisiana bayou located about 30 miles south of New Orleans on March 12. According to Dow Jones Newswires, the crash caused a fire to erupt. A mile-long sheen could also be seen on the water near the crash site, which the Coast Guard said was ash from the burning of the liquefied natural gas.

The Associated Press reported the fire diminished in size on the day after the crash, but was not expected to be fully extinguished until at least March 14. The barge reportedly remained intact and none of the 92,000 gallons of oil on the boat were spilled.

Precautionary measures such as a protective boom and oil skimmers were placed in the water, although no oil leak was expected, according to the Associated Press.

The gas pipeline that was hit is owned by Chevron. The company cut off the gas supply after the accident, the article stated. Chevron attempted to inject nitrogen gas into the line to help in extinguish the fire.

Three people were injured in the accident, one critically, the Associated Press reported.

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