Eugene Island oil leak cleanup done: Coast Guard

HOUSTON Mon Aug 3, 2009 8:31pm EDT

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - Workers finished Monday cleaning up 1,500 barrels of crude oil that leaked from Eugene Island pipeline, a news release by the U.S. Coast Guard and operator Shell Pipeline Co said.

Shell said it would repair and restart the line but did not say when. The key Gulf of Mexico supply link was shut down July 25 after the leak was discovered 33 miles off Louisiana near Houma.

Some 80,000 of the 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil the line was carrying when the leak occurred has been rerouted, Shell has said.

Divers found a crack in the line, Shell has said, but the company has given no other details about the damage, what might have caused it or how it might be fixed.

(Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by David Gregorio)

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