MOORINGSPORT, LA (KSLA) - Hunters are being asked to "exercise an abundance of caution" in the area of Tete Bayou south of Caddo Lake near Mooringsport, where work to contain an oil spill earlier this week continues.
The rupture of the Mid-Valley Pipeline happened on October 13 in Caddo Parish, off Route 169 south of Mooringsport, resulting in the release of crude oil.
The oil entered the Tete Bayou, but Sunoco Logistics says it was contained several hundred yards south of Caddo Lake.
According to Louisiana State Police, an estimated 4,000 barrels of oil was released. The Mid-Valley pipeline carries crude oil from Longview, Texas, to Michigan.
After the spill was discovered, a section of the pipe that runs between Longview and Mississippi was shut off.
Officials say families were not forced to leave their homes, but they were compensated for the inconvenience.
The pipeline operator says more than 250 workers are on site to contain and recover the crude oil and eventually restore the land.
The area of concern includes 2,000 feet on either side of the Miller Branch and Tete Bayou, as outlined in purple on the map released by Sunoco along with the advisory for hunters.
"For the safety of hunters, the personnel working in the area, and the general public, local hunters are asked to limit their movement around the area," Sunoco Logistics said in a statement released Friday evening. "Any hunters around the area are advised to avoid firing any weapons in the direction of the affected area."
"Personnel have been advised to make their presence known while working to prevent hunting-related death or injury. This should include verbal communication, reflective vests, and flashlights.
All working personnel in this area are advised not to travel in any unknown areas away from the affected area, and to avoid communication or conflict with hunters.
This bulletin has been issued by Unified Command, which includes the following agencies: Caddo Parish Sheriff, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
If you have any questions, please contact Sunoco Logistics' 24/7 toll-free hotline, (855) 430-4491."
It's already being called one of the largest pipeline spills of the year, according to federal records, but the cause of the leak still remains a mystery.
A press briefing is expected to take place Saturday afternoon at a command center set up southwest of Mooringsport in response to the spill.