* Fisherman reported "oily substance" in water
* Site is near the mouth of the Mississippi River
HOUSTON, June 8 The U.S. Coast Guard is
investigating a fisherman's report of an apparent oil spill
"several miles" long near Venice, Louisiana, a Coast Guard
spokesman said Wednesday.
A team was trying to determine whether the substance was
actually oil, how much was spilled and where it came from, a
Coast Guard spokesman said. He declined to predict what the
findings would be.
"It's too early," the spokesman said.
A fisherman reported an "oily substance" in the water two
miles southeast of Baptiste Collette Pass, early Wednesday
morning, and four pollution investigators were sent to obtain
samples for analysis, a news release said.
"The Coast Guard has opened and is using the Oil Spill
Liability Trust Fund to begin mobilizing assets to quickly
address the situation," the news release said.
(Reporting by Bruce Nichols)