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Contractor reportedly cleaning more than 11,000 gallons of oil due to spill near Charenton

A portion of the Bayou Teche affected by the spill (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office) A portion of the Bayou Teche affected by the spill (Source: St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office)
CHARENTON, LA (WAFB/AP) -

According to the Associated Press, the Coast Guard says a contractor is cleaning up about 11,500 gallons of oil that overflowed from a tank being filled near Charenton.

The report stated Lt. J.G. Lisa Siebert, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, said much of the oil ended up on the ground instead of the nearby Bayou Teche. It also stated the EPA took over the investigation and cleanup.

According to the AP, Siebert said the spill apparently happened because an alarm failed to signal that the tank was too full as it was being filled.

People living near the oil spill were allowed to safely leave their homes Tuesday morning.

Louisiana State Police reported the shelter-in-place advisory for residents in the Charenton-Sorrel area was lifted around 8 a.m. and LA 87 was reopened to traffic. An LSP hazmat team evaluated the situation and found it safe for residents.

The Coast Guard and several other agencies responded to an oil spill Monday evening.

Officials said the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City received a call from PSC Industrial Outsourcing around 8 p.m. reporting an unknown amount of crude oil had spilled near Charenton.

The Coast Guard said more than 200 yards of boom was deployed and the Bayou Teche remains closed to all commercial boat traffic between Jeanerette and Charenton until further notice.

Water plant facilities along the bayou were notified. 

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