ExxonMobil cleaning Louisiana oil pipeline spill

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(CBS/AP) TORBERT, La. - ExxonMobil Corp. says it is cleaning up about 80,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a pipeline in a rural Pointe Coupee Parish, northwest of Baton Rouge.

The company says the pipeline was shut down Saturday night after a loss of pressure. The spilled oil was discovered on Sunday.

No injuries have been reported. The company doesn't yet know what caused the pipeline to break.

ExxonMobil said vacuum trucks are cleaning up the site and air is being monitored for quality.

The oil came from a 22-inch pipeline that originates in St. James Parish southeast of Baton Rouge and carries crude oil to northern Louisiana.

ExxonMobil said federal regulators have been informed and the cleanup is being coordinated with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

In July, 2011, an ExxonMobil pipeline burst and spilled thousands of gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River.

The U.S. Department of Transportation, which oversees pipelines, issued a warning letter in 2010 to Exxon Mobil that cited seven safety violations along its Silvertip pipeline. Two of the warnings faulted the company for its emergency response and pipeline corrosion training.

Transportation department spokeswoman Patricia Klinger said the company has since responded to the warnings and the case was closed.



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