Exxon has accidently discharged 18,000 gallons of crude oil into a canal 10 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana according to a US Coast Guard news release. An Exxon Mobile barge was driving long pipes into the canal to anchor the barge in place when the leak began. One may have inadvertently stuck the pipeline operated by Chevron according to the Coast Guard.
The wildlife refuge is marshland near the mouth of the Mississippi River southeast of New Orleans and provides habitat for alligator, brown pelican and migrating birds. The damaged pipeline is owned by Cypress Pipe Line Co, a joint venture between Chevron and BP Plc.