Coast Guard responds to crude oil spill in Bay Jacques

Posted at 3:47 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 16:47:14-04

The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a crude oil spill in Bay Jacques, Louisiana, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Houma watchstanders say they received notification from Summit Oil and Gas, LLC at 11:54 a.m. that a crude oil storage tank located in Bay Jacques developed a leak and caused an estimated 4,200 gallons of Louisiana crude oil to discharge, Tuesday. 

MSU Houma personnel arrived on scene Tuesday and performed an assessment of the spill. They are currently on scene along with OMI Environmental Solutions, the oil spill response organization contracted by Summit Oil and Gas, LLC.

Response personnel are conducting an assessment of the impacted area and will perform a manual recovery of the crude oil.

OMI Environmental Solutions deployed containment boom, sorbent boom, and pads around the facility to contain and collect oil. Three boats with response crews and two skimmers will conduct recovery operations. 

Involved in the response is:

  • MSU Houma Incident Management Division
  • Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Summit Oil and Gas, LLC
  • OMI Environmental Solutions

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating potential impacts to wildlife.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Map of the area is below: