After a leak of one gallon of oil in Terrebonne Bay, Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut a 170,000-barrel-a-day pipeline that moves Gulf of Mexico crude to Houma, LA.
Shell shut the 16-inch (41-centimeter) pipeline, which starts on Caillou Island, at 5 p.m. March 23 after workers observed a light oil sheen near a pump station, said Kim Windon, a Houston-based spokeswoman for Shell.
Less than a gallon of crude released based in initial information, she said.
Shell plans to inspect and repair the pipeline as soon as possible, weather permitting, and is investigating the cause of the leak, Windon said.
The Caillou-to-Houma pipeline connects with a 20-inch pipeline that brings crude from producers in Eugene Island, Ship Shoal, Green Canyon and other Gulf formations to Caillou Island.