Outdoor Updates: A 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been contained

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A 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has been contained

Government officials have installed a new underwater system for capturing oil 11 miles off of the coast of Louisiana where a leak has caused crude oil to spill into the ocean for the last 14 years. Taylor Energy Co. owns the site and is responsible for ending the leak, caused when one of its oil platforms fell during a hurricane in 2004. An estimated 10,500 to 29,400 gallons of oil is leaking from the site daily. The Coast Guard has been monitoring efforts to clean up the site and recently reported that the new system is meeting federal containment standards, noting that the once large sheen of oil on the surface of the ocean is now “barely visible.”

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