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Clean up of oil spill near Bay Springs continues

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A worker removes crude oil from the surface of Piney Branch Creek in Jasper County Friday. A worker removes crude oil from the surface of Piney Branch Creek in Jasper County Friday.
BAY SPRINGS, MS (WDAM) -

The clean-up of a crude oil spill on a tributary of Tallahoma Creek near Bay Springs is about to enter its fourth day. Environmental teams are removing oil that spilled into Piney Branch Creek Tuesday from a pipeline owned by Plains All-American Pipeline.

Published reports said Friday 300 to 400 barrels of oil leaked out, but company officials say only about 30 barrels got into the creek.

They say the pipeline has been repaired and the oil has been contained.

"We moved very quickly after the spill to secure the source of the spill, that's been completed," said Ray McMichael, director of operations for the Eastern Region of Plains All-American Pipeline. "Today, we're using absorbent pads, water power, to remove the oil from the creek and the surrounding area," he said.

McMichael said more than 225 people have been brought in to work the site. He also said clean-up could take up to two weeks.

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